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Rioters clash again in Belfast

07 September 2012

By Gregg Ryan and staff reporters


Shielded: police officers come under attack in north Belfast, on Tuesday night

Shielded: police officers come under attack in north Belfast, on Tuesday night

SECTARIANISM returned to the streets of Belfast this week, as clashes took place between Roman Catholics and Protestants.

As the Church Times went to press on Wednesday, more than 60 police officers had been injured during three nights of disturb-ances. On Tuesday evening, missiles were thrown at police lines in the Denmark Street area, where 200 people had gathered at about 10 p.m. Late on Monday night, police fired plastic bullets and water cannon at rioters, during clashes in which nine police officers were injured.

The disturbances began on Sunday evening, when Loyalists attacked a Republican marching band near a Roman Catholic church, in the north of the city.

Twenty-six members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland were injured in the riot, and four required hospitalisation. The trouble flared in an area near Carlisle Circus, when the protesters hurled stones and bottles at the police and the marching group.

The attack took place not far from the Ardoyne district, where serious disturbances occurred on 12 July, and nationalists targeted police after a Loyalist parade through the area.

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