Belfast Peacelines

The contentious Protestant Orange Order Whiterock feeder parade in West Belfast that passes along the mostly Catholic nationalist Springfield Road interface and through the Workman Avenue peace gates.

The main gates are only opened twice a year to allow the parade to pass through. The Springfield Residents Action Group stage a peaceful protest under a heavy police presence.

The annual July 12th Protestant Orange Order celebrations see thousands of Orangemen, marching bands and supporter’s parade through Belfast commemorating the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 where the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James.

More than a decade after a peace deal was signed, Belfast has over 80 peace lines and interface areas that separate Catholic and Protestant communities.

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