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Republicans stage Belfast protest at UK Queen's visit
Republicans in anti-monarchy protest in London’s Tooley Street on June 3, 2012
Republicans in anti-monarchy protest in London’s Tooley Street on June 3, 2012
Sat Jun 23, 2012 5:48PM
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Hundreds of republicans have demonstrated in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to protest against the British Queen's visit to the city next week.


A Jubilee party marking Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year on the throne is to be held in the grounds of Parliament Buildings in Belfast on 27 June, with around 10,000 free tickets available to the public.

However, about 300 republicans took part in the demonstration beginning on Falls Road and ending at City Hall against the Queen’s visit to Enniskillen and Belfast.

The British Queen is also expected to meet with The Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister, Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness in a private room behind closed doors.

Earlier this month, Northern Ireland’s minister of culture, Sinn Fein’s Car L N Chuil N, said she would not be attending a celebration in Belfast marking the UK Queen’s Diamond Jubilee because Sinn Fein party has not been consulted.

Furthermore, republicans from across Scotland are preparing for a protest against the monarchy, organized by the campaign group Republic Scotland, in Edinburgh on Sunday July 5.

Earlier on June 3, republicans from across Britain staged a historic protest against the monarchy, at the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant by assembling near City Hall for what the Republic campaign group described as the “biggest republican protest in living memory”.

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