In Belfast, Northern Ireland hundreds of men from the militant Protestant Ulster Defence Association (UDA) staged a show of force on Wednesday(28 June) during a funeral procession for one of their murdered volunteers.
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SCU Hearse with UDA men
SCU Soldier PAN TO SV procession
GV & SVs UDA procession through street (3 shots)
LV Troops standing by PAN TO hearse in procession
REPORTER: "Earlier in the day, UDA men turned out in strength for their first paramilitary funeral which, with another scheduled tomorrow, would also be their last if only the ceasefire would stay. The dead man was one of their volunteers, John Brown, who was kidnapped four days ago and his mutilated body was later found in west Belfast. Hundreds of UDA men, drawn up by companies and in files of three, marched through the city centre. They wore none of the masks that disguised them on previous occasions. The explanation given me was that UDA commanders felt it was now time for them to come out in the open. Their political demands to Mr Whitelaw were part of the same process."
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Background: In Belfast, Northern Ireland hundreds of men from the militant Protestant Ulster Defence Association (UDA) staged a show of force on Wednesday(28 June) during a funeral procession for one of their murdered volunteers.
The UDA mon marched through the city centre without the face masks that have characterised their previous military style parades.
Later in the day, UDA leaders said they would put up new street barricades throughout Northern Ireland later this weekend. Some, they claimed, would be permanent.
The UDA made the announcement after emerging from a meeting with Britain's Minister for Northern Ireland, Mr William Whitelaw.
They said most of the barricades would come down but others would remain as long as Catholics were allowed to keep their barricaded "no-go" areas in the city of Londonderry.
The developments came on the second day of ceasefire called by the Provisional wing of the outlawed Irish Republican Army.
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