July 13, 2011
Police firing plastic bullets and powerful water cannons forced Catholic militants away from a disputed Belfast road on Tuesday as Northern Ireland’s annual day of Protestant marches reached a fiery climax. Catholic youths lashed out at police both before and after the marches by the Orange Order, a Protestant brotherhood whose yearly July 12 demonstrations celebrate 17th-century military triumphs over Catholics – and often inspire a violent response from the province’s minority. Hundreds of mostly teenage Catholics, who covered their faces with masks and hoods, waged running street battles with riot police in north Belfast.
This article was posted: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 8:08 am