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Rioting in Northern Ireland injures dozens of police officers

Dissident republicans threw “petrol bombs” at marching Protestants


 

“Petrol bombs,” bricks, bottles and other flying objects injured dozens of police officers in Northern Ireland yesterday as Protestants marched through the Catholic enclave of Ardoyne. At least one officer is in hospital. Police deployed batons and water cannons to defend against masked men who threw explosive cocktails at the marchers from rooftops. Local nationalist politician Nichola Mallon told the Belfast Telegraph that residents object to the parade, but want nothing to do with the violent attacks on police. “It is clear that dissidents want to push residents into the front line of their own little war,” she said. “[Residents] have absolutely nothing to do with the political agenda of the petrolbombers.”

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Rioting in Northern Ireland injures dozens of police officers

  1. Granted, the parade of Protestants right through a Catholic neighborhood to celebrate a bloody battle that led to hundreds of years of starvation, persecution, and marginalization of Catholics is obnoxious, tactless, and entirely without class.

    That in no way excuses this kind of response though. If Ireland is ever to get over this history, the Catholics are going to have to start acting like Catholics and put past wrongs behind them, even when those wrongs are flouted in their faces. These rioters should be caught and punished to the maximum extent of the law.

    To their credit, I get the distinct impression that most Catholics there do not condone the violence; it's a few rioters who are trying to ruin the peace and pursue their own vendetta in response to idiotic provocation.

    • The people of the town TRIED a peaceful protest on the street and were pulled and man handled by the RUC…..Would the KKK march through Harlem? or the Skinheads march through Tel Aviv without anything happening?

      • Better to let them behave like thugs than to respond in kind. (I am assuming here that no innocent bystanders were being physically harmed – once that begins, it's a whole new ballgame) We owe it both to them and ourselves to rise to a higher standard.

      • WHY DONT YOU GO BK 2 THE REPUBLIC AN PROTEST THERE WE DONT WANT YOUR KIND IN ULSTER

  2. I agree, not only were they pulled from the street, they were beaten with batons. That's what they get for trying to do it peacefully. More youths and adults the like should've been out there. Try something of a parade like that here and riots would definitly happen.

  3. WHY DONT THE REBELS GO BK 2 THE REPUBLIC IF THEY DONT WANT 2 SEE OUR GLORIOUS AND COLOURFUL PARADES WE ARE ENTITLED TO WALK THE QUEENS HIGHWAY WE ARE HER LOYAL SUBJECTS IF THE REBELS ARE THAT BOTHERED WHY ARE MOST OF THEM TAKING HANDOUTS FROM THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT VIA THEIR DOLE

  4. I'm really glad about the immigration after WW2, it blunted the stranglehold the Orange Lodge had in Onatrio for I recall no "Mick" could ever get to be a sargeant in the police or a firefighter captain because we kicked with the wrong foot, a personal family happenstance.The same was true with elected officials. The SOB's brought their anti-Catholic (read Quebec) bile with them when they settle here causing a century of national strife and a poisionous heritage we may never overcome

  5. Grebete se za po kile kackavalja jajare jedne