Orange Order march violence

Police were fired upon overnight after violence broke out in North Belfast following the annual Orange Order march passed through the Catholic area of Ardoyne. The PSNI said the parade passed peacefully.

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Clashes erupt after rival parades in Northern Ireland

Nationalist protesters clash with police in Ardoyne in north Belfast after an earlier Orange parade returned back past shops in the area. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Violence broke out tonight after loyalist and republican parades through North Belfast.

A burning car was driven at police lines, as two water cannons and hundreds of riot police were deployed at the Ardoyne sectarian interface.

Bottles and other missiles were thrown while republicans and loyalists exchanged taunts.

Trouble has erupted for years at the enclave after the Twelfth of July parade, the culmination of the Protestant Orange Order's marching season.

A group of Orange marchers passes through the Catholic area, in Ardoyne in north Belfast Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Earlier, around 15 Orangemen took part in a silent token parade past the contested shopfronts, jeered by nationalists and cheered by loyalists but there was no violence.

Rioting with republicans attacking police lines later erupted and continued for several hours.


Police keep protesters away from Orange Order march

Police and community representatives stood between resident protesters and Orange Order marchers Credit: Press Association

A small number of nationalist residents clashed with police as the Orange Order parade made its way through the nationalist area of Ardoyne in North Belfast.

The event was largely peaceful but a number of Orange Order supporters shouted abuse at protesters.

The Orange Order march down the nationalist area of Ardoyne. Credit: Press Association

Minor scuffles as Orange Order march begins

Orange Order parade passes through protesting residents in Ardoyne in North Belfast Credit: Twitter: Sharon_Gaffey / RTE

Some minor scuffles broke out in North Belfast as an Orange Order marched passed through the catholic area of Ardoyne.

Nationalist protesters clashed with police after the march passed peacefully through the interface area. Punches were thrown, but the area is now peaceful.

Residents protest against the Orange Order march in Ardoyne. Credit: Twitter: Sharon_Gaffey / RTE

The security forces are on the alert for more violence this evening when the parade makes its second journey through the area, but Orangemen say a peaceful solution was reached last night following talks with community groups.

Police appeal for calm ahead of today's Orange Order march

The Orange Order have been given permission by the parades commission to march through the catholic area of Ardoyne. Credit: Reuters

Police in Northern Ireland have appealed for calm this morning as the annual parades by the Orange Order take place across the province.

The Parades Commission have made the controversial decision to allow the Orange Order to march through the catholic area of Ardoyne. They have until 4pm this afternoon to complete their route, after which time local catholic residents will be allowed to stage their own rally.

The Orange Order says this is not enough time and community representatives are fearful of trouble. Riot police will be separating the Orange Order from the local residents. Chairman of the Police Federation Terry Spence appealed for calm saying:

"No yard of road is worth either an injury or the death of a police officer or a member of the public. The parade should not become a day of shame for both communities."

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