Civilization unravel: Belfast explodes in new wave of rioting and violence – history repeat?

Saturday, July 14, 2012
By Paul Martin
July 14, 2012

IRELAND – A night of serious rioting after rival Protestant and Catholic parades were allowed to go ahead within hours of each other in the nationalist Ardoyne district of north Belfast has left 20 police officers injured. The chairman of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission has defended the decision to allow to parades to take place. The Commission was established to adjudicate on contentious marches, and even though there has been major trouble at this particular Catholic/Protestant flashpoint every year for over a decade, the chairman Peter Osborne said given the circumstances, the rulings were correct. Mr. Osborne told BBC Radio Ulster: “It is complete and utter nonsense to blame the Parades Commission for the violence last night. There has been violence in this location for many, many years now.” He added: “It is time for politicians to take ownership of contentious parades… that’s the way forward.” In Londonderry, Northern Ireland’s second largest city, petrol bombs were thrown in the nationalist Bogside but no injuries reported. One car has been set alight after a petrol bomb was thrown at it in the Fahan Street area. Petrol bombs and bricks were thrown at police by nationalists and loyalists in Ardoyne. The officers’ injuries are not believed to be serious. Police responded by using water cannons to contain the crowds. Six non-lethal baton rounds have been fired by the security forces. There have been two arrests, although police expect more to follow. –Belfast Telegraph


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