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Hardline republicans plan west Belfast Easter parade

Some of those who took part in the launch of a republican parade planned for Easter Saturday
Connla Young

HARDLINE republicans have revealed plans to march through west Belfast at Easter.

The Easter Saturday march along the Falls Road is being organised by the National Republican Commemoration Committee and will go from Divis Street to Milltown Cemetery.

Similar parades were held in Coalisland in Co Tyrone in 2016 and Derry last year.

On both occasions dozens of men and women wearing combat gear marched behind a large colour party.

The National Republican Commemoration Committee was set up in advance of the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising and organises events on behalf of anti-agreement republican party Saoradh.

Several republican groupings traditionally march along the Falls Road to Milltown over the Easter period.

A party spokesman said “those who remain true to the ideals and principles of the 1916 Proclamation need to publicly re-dedicate ourselves to the achievement of that vision”.

“The historical significance and symbolism of gathering in Belfast, the birthplace of Irish republicanism, will not be lost on the grassroots."

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