Police hurt in Orange march clashes
Jul 13 2012
Nine police officers have been injured during significant disorder following an Orange Order parade in north Belfast.
The loyal order march through the Ardoyne sectarian interface was peaceful but trouble flared nearby with crowds of several hundred confronting lines of riot police.
Fireworks, petrol bombs, stones, bricks and bottles were hurled at police lines and a burning silver BMW driven at officers in the residential neighbourhood of red-brick terraced houses.
A republican march through the same area shortly afterwards prompted an exchange of missiles between loyalists and nationalists. Water cannon vehicles were used extensively and six non-lethal baton rounds fired.
Police Service of Northern Ireland Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr said: "Unfortunately, police are now dealing with significant disorder in the Brompton Park and Balhom Road area. Water cannon has again been deployed and four officers have been injured. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
"I am urging all individuals and communities affected to respond to developing events in a calm and responsible manner. Violence has serious and unwanted consequences for us all and we will robustly investigate all incidents of disorder."
Other Orange parades across Northern Ireland passed peacefully. A token parade by around 15 Orangemen through Ardoyne passed in silence just before 4pm. A residents' protest supported by Sinn Fein was peaceful.
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