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Belfast anti-G8 protest passes off peacefully

An anti-G8 protest rally passed off peacefully in Belfast on Saturday amid a major security presence.

Several thousand protesters took part in the march, which left the city's Custom House square at about 12:30 BST and headed towards Belfast City Hall.

The crowd was much lower than organisers had hoped, and they accused the police of putting people off by exaggerating the threat of violence.

Hundreds of police officers flanked the route, scores of PSNI vehicles were also parked up and police helicopters circled overhead.

BBC News NI's home affairs correspondent Vincent Kearney reports.

  • 16 Jun 2013