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Divisive Ulster holiday starts with Belfast riots

Divisive Ulster holiday starts with Belfast riots

Northern Ireland's divisive annual holiday called "The Twelfth," when tens of thousands of Protestants parade across the British territory, has gotten off to a violent start with riots in several parts of Belfast.
Police say at least seven officers were injured in street clashes that gathered pace after midnight Wednesday as Protestants lit scores of towering bonfires and Catholic militants clashed with police.
Tens of thousands of members of the Protestant brotherhood, the Orange Order, plan to march later in the day.
In the worst clash, police faced a 200-strong crowd of men and youths who tossed Molotov cocktails, bottles and stones at the edge of Catholic west Belfast. Police responded with plastic bullets and blasts from mobile water cannons.


Updated : 2021-06-21 03:39 GMT+08:00