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Police clash with loyalist rioters in Belfast

Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 - 01:10

Aug. 10 - Riot police in Belfast clash with angry crowds of loyalists ahead of a republican parade through the city centre, with officers pelted with bricks and others missiles. Sarah Toms reports.

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STORY: Belfast city centre on a Friday early evening but no one is shopping. British Loyalists in Northern Ireland attempted to block a road ahead of a parade by the nationalist side of the community. The clashes erupted when police moved in to clear the area to allow the Republican parade to go past. Bricks, bottles and fireworks rained down on riot police, who retaliated by firing plastic bullets and water canon. Officers and members of the public were injured in the violence. It is the second successive night of rioting in Belfast...the latest bout of sporadic sectarian violence. A peace deal in 1998 largely ended decades of strife in the British province. But the divisions remain between pro British Protestants and Catholics, who favour unification with Ireland.

Police clash with loyalist rioters in Belfast

Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 - 01:10

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