Police escort Lord Mayor of Belfast, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, through the Woodvale area of the city
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Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir 'jostled by loyalists'

The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Sinn Fein's Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, has been jostled and heckled by loyalist protestors at the re-opening of a park in the Woodvale district of north Belfast.

He was escorted away from the trouble by the police and the ceremony was cancelled.

The police say nine of their officers received cuts and bruising.

Demonstrators had prepared placards with messages for Sinn Fein about events in the recent and distant past.

The park is close is to the place where loyalists and Orangemen have held weekly demonstrations about the ban on this year's Twelfth parade going past Ardoyne.

Loyalists also held protests in December 2012 over the decision to fly the union flag at Belfast City Hall only on designated days.

Chris Buckler reports.

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