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27 April 2000 Edition

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Loyalist bomb scare

A bomb scare, more than likely the work of local loyalists, delayed the start of the Easter commemoration in the Whitewell Road area of North Belfast on Saturday 22 April.

Local republicans were gathering when the crown forces moved in to seal the area off.

Earlier in the year, local loyalist bands were prevented, by a ruling of the Parades Commission, from parading along the Antrim Road and down through the flashpoint Whitewell area.

Sinn Féin's Gerry Kelly, who addressed the commemoration, accused loyalists of ``a continuing campaign of harassment and intimidation against nationalists in the area''.

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