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Police to review footage from loyalist protest in Markethill as organisers slam ‘two tier policing’

Police say they will look into and review the footage from an un-notified loyalist parade in Markethill on Wednesday night.

Footage shared on social media shows approximately 30-40 participants marching as police and onlookers watch on.

A group calling itself Mid and South Armagh Loyalists, posting on Twitter, said: “So, the PSNI giving warnings to loyalist bandsmen in Markethill by loudhailer. Did they do that outside the GAA lockdown lock-ins. Of course they didn’t. Two Tier policing exposed again.”

On Facebook, the group, wrote: “Markethill loyalists on the streets tonight in protest against the NI protocol and the two tier policing system. The NI protocol must go!! We Will resist it!”

District Commander for Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, Superintendent Patricia Foy said: “Police were made aware of an un-notified procession on Main Street in Markethill yesterday evening (Wednesday).

“Organisers of parades are required to give formal notification of their intentions and, last night, warnings were given to participants and an evidence-gathering operation was in place.

“We will now review all the footage gathered and consider any suspected breaches of the Public Processions (NI) Act 1998 and the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) Regulations NI 2020.”

A group calling itself Mid and South Armagh Loyalists said on Twitter: “So, the PSNI giving warnings to loyalist bandsmen in Markethill by loudhailer. Did they do that outside the GAA lockdown lock-ins. Of course they didn’t. Two Tier policing exposed again.”

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