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NEWS: Violence Erupts In Belfast.

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posted on Sep, 10 2005 @ 05:13 PM
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Violence has erupted in Belfast with rioters shooting at police and soldiers and home made petrol bombs being hurled, shattering the peace that has settled over the country in the past few years. The rioting began after the annual "Whiterock Parade" Protestant Orange Order march when participants were angered by a decision by authorities to reroute the march away from Catholic areas of Belfast.
 



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Catholic activists and marchers taunted each other as the march passed near the sectarian divide, before demonstrators clashed with police.

A spokesman for the Orange Order claimed nationalist Catholics attacked marchers in east and west Belfast, calling the police response "scandalous and pathetic".

But Chief Constable Orde said the decision to protest at the march being rerouted had directly caused the violence.

"They (Orange Order leaders) publicly called people onto the streets. I think if you do that you cannot abdicate responsibility. That is simply not good enough," he said.

A local councillor for Sinn Fein, Northern Ireland's biggest Catholic party, said the trouble was caused by 500 marchers who managed to evade police blockades and get into Catholic neighbourhoods.




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Once again violence due to relgion. I do not believe the march should have been rerouted. The protesters have been doing this for the past years without incident and they strongly believe in not just the reason why they are marching, but their simple right to march in the first place.

Once again they are controlled and told what to do by authorities in a political game and the reaction from this action has been to rekindle the war between the two religious groups in the country.

I do not subscribe to their issue in any form but I do subscribe to their right to March for their beliefs instead of being stifled by regimes of control.




posted on Sep, 10 2005 @ 08:38 PM
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Idiots!!! Groups like this help to incite the violence that has torn Northern Ireland apart for the past 30 or 40 years. For thsi group to insist on marching through predominately catholic areas would be the equilivent of the KKK insisting on marching through the South Bronx or Watts with the same predictable results. After al what are they celebrating? The defeat and oppression of the catholics by the protestants in some battle several hundred years ago...

The protesters have been doing this for the past years without incident and they strongly believe in not just the reason why they are marching, but their simple right to march in the first place.

...In that you are incorrect every year they do this and every year there is violence because in the name of peace the authorities try and stop them. After all, all they are doing is attempting to rub the catholics noses in it. They are the ones in the wrong.



 
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