Clashes over Northern Ireland march blockade

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Police in Northern Ireland have been injured in violence when pro-British marchers were stopped from passing an Irish nationalist area of Belfast. Paul Chapman reports.

Clashes over Northern Ireland march blockade

The bricks, bottles and beer cans began flying at police in Northern Ireland as a police cordon separated rival parties.

Clashes erupted when pro-British marchers were stopped from passing by a predominantly Catholic, Irish nationalist, district of Belfast.

Police fired water cannon and plastic bullets at the crowd in response.

At least eight officers have been injured in the violence.

Thousands take part in marches in the British-ruled province every July 12th to mark the victory of King William of Orange in 1690 which sealed Protestant domination.

It’s a tradition the mainly-Catholic Irish nationalists find highly provocative.

The march organisers issued a statement condemning the violence, warning that it played into the hands of those who want to the see such parades curtailed further.

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