Peaceful protests in N Ireland

A controversial IRA commemoration in Northern Ireland has passed off peacefully so far despite a loyalist protest.

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Controversial IRA commemoration passes peacefully

A controversial IRA commemoration in Northern Ireland has passed off peacefully so far despite a loyalist protest.

Victims' campaigners waved photos of loved ones killed during the troubles, a minority shouted angrily and one demonstrator temporarily broke through a security barrier amid emotional scenes in Castlederg, Co Tyrone.

The mainly middle-aged crowd of several hundred was separated by a line of police officers from republicans marching through the town to mark the deaths of IRA men

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Gerry Adams to attend west Belfast parade

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said he will attend a parade in west Belfast later today to "support the families of the Ballymurphy massacre".

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams . Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ahead of the march, Adams said he believes an independent panel should be appointed "to examine all of the documents relating to the context, circumstances and aftermath of the deaths" of 11 people during the Troubles.

N Ireland Secretary appeals for calm ahead of parade

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has appealed for calm ahead of a controversial parade commemorating deceased IRA members.

Ms Villiers said: “I know the deep pain this parade will cause the families of victims in West Tyrone and the rest of Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has appealed for calm ahead of the parade in County Tyrone. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

“I would appeal for calm in Castlederg today.

“All possible support must be given to the police in upholding the rule of law and acting to keep the community safe at this tense time.”

Police appeal for calm ahead of Northern Ireland parade

Police in Northern Ireland have appealed for calm ahead of a controversial parade commemorating deceased IRA members.

Fifty-six police officers were injured during clashes in Belfast on Friday night. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Fein MLA Barry McElduff, one of the organisers of the Tyrone Volunteers Day Parade in Castlederg, County Tyrone, said he is "absolutely determined" the event later today will be "peaceful and dignified".

On Friday night, 56 police officers were injured during violent clashes in Belfast during protests against a parade.

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Chief constable calls Belfast violence 'mindless anarchy'

Northern Ireland's chief constable said last night's violence in Belfast has scarred the city's reputation, describing the rioting as "mindless anarchy".

Matt Baggott told a press conference today: "I know that 99%, if not more, of the population will stand with me in utterly condemning those who scarred the reputation of our beautiful city last night.

"Those people had no intention of peaceful protest, they lack self respect and they lack dignity."

Fifty-six police officers were injured during the rioting and seven arrests have been made, he added.

Fifty six officers injured in Belfast riots

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has confirmed that fifty six officers were injured during clashes in the city of Belfast last night.

Stormont minister: 'No excuse' for Belfast rioting

Stormont's Justice Minister David Ford said there could be no excuse for last night's rioting in Belfast.

Mr Ford said: "Violence is wrong and no cause, no dispute, no disagreement can justify it.

Twenty six police officers were injured during the violence in Belfast last night. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

"The scenes of loyalist protesters attacking the police service will quickly replace the positive images many have worked hard to deliver in recent weeks.

"Some individuals and groups may not agree with determinations from the Parades Commission, but they do have the weight of the law behind them".

N Ireland Secretary calls Belfast violence 'shameful'

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers called last night's violence in Belfast "shameful" after 26 police officers were injured.

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers called the clashes in Belfast 'shameful'. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ms Villers continued, "After success for Northern Ireland this summer as host to both the G8 and the World Police and Fire Games, disorder on the streets is a hugely regrettable step backwards.”

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