Around 80 republicans gathered outside the prison ombudsman's office in Windsor House, Bedford street, in Belfast city centre. Among the protesters were families of republican POWs as well as friends and former POWs. The families' intention was to hand a letter in to the prison ombudsman in person but were informed that she was not in the building. Indeed the families were strangely informed that no-one from her office was there to meet with the families.
The protesters who had gathered remained outside the building for an hour displaying posters and a banner highlighting the inhumane conditions and practices forced upon republican POWs in Maghaberry, as well as calling for a restoration of political status.