The PSNI has said that it will be taking no action over a recent Gaza solidarity march in Derry after the DUP raised concerns over what the party described as 'anti-Israel' protests in the city.
The DUP met with senior police officers In Derry earlier this week after the party said it had received 'numerous complaints' from people who said they 'felt intimidated' during what the party described as 'anti-Israel protests'.
The DUP also claimed that a number of local businesses had been 'targeted' by those involved in the rallies and warned that the protests could result in job losses.
The delegation also sought reasurances from the Parades Commission over the notification they received prior to the protests, and asked the PSNI what action they would be taking over previous protests.
The PSNI have confirmed that they received notification about a parade in the city centre on Saturday, July 26, where hundreds of participants lay motionless on Shipquay Street to represent all those who have lost their lives in Gaza due to the actions of the Israeli military.
While the PSNI have said that this delayed the parade for 'about two minutes', they added that police are 'satisfied that no offences were committed as a result of this delay'.
The PSNI added that that the Parades Commission did not issue a determination in respect of the event.
Commenting, PSNI Area Commander, Chief Inspector Jon Burrows, described the meeting with the DUP as 'useful and productive'.
“Our main priorities are to keep people safe and to ensure that parades are peacefully conducted within the law and in accordance with any Parades Commission determinations that may apply.
“We police all public events in a proportionate manner.
"We would encourage those involved in demonstrations, parades or protests of any kind to show dignity and respect, but ultimately we will uphold the law.”
Pictured above - participants in the rally which was held in Derry on July 26.
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