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22 Belfast police hurt in night of Catholic riots

22 Belfast police hurt in night of Catholic riots

Police say 22 officers have been injured during a night of Catholic rioting in Belfast in advance of mass parades by Protestants.
Several hundred Catholic men and youths threw about 40 Molotov cocktails during overnight assaults on police lines. A hijacked bus was driven at one police position but crashed into a fence.
Police said they fired 51 plastic bullets and doused rioters with blasts from mobile water cannons. They said the officers' injuries were mostly minor.
British army experts also dismantled a fake car bomb abandoned in a Protestant district of north Belfast.
The mayhem preceded Tuesday's mass parades by the Orange Order brotherhood across Northern Ireland. The annual Protestant demonstrations always raise community tensions and often inspire rioting.


Updated : 2021-05-10 17:04 GMT+08:00