As dozens of masked paramilitary police decamped from armoured jeeps onto a Belfast street it could have been a scene from 1969, 1979 or 1989. But it wasnt. Instead it was June 27th 2009 the day of Britains inaugural Armed Forces Day.
If proof was ever needed of the unchanged nature of both British policing in Ireland and the wider occupation, it was provided in Belfast. As one arm of Britains occupation forces were celebrated with the flying of the Armed Forces Day flag above City Hall, another arm of those same occupation forces were busy suppressing the right to peaceful protest