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Protestants attack Belfast cops over blocked march
AP ^ | 7/12/2013

Posted on 07/12/2013 7:15:27 PM PDT by markomalley

Protestant hardliners attacked lines of Belfast riot police Friday as Northern Ireland's annual mass marches by the Orange Order brotherhood reached a furious, chaotic end with running street battles at several conflict zones.

In north Belfast, police in flame-retardant suits and helmets deployed a half-dozen armored cars to block a road so that Protestant Orangemen could not march past the edge of Ardoyne, a militant Catholic district that has become the most bitterly contested spot on the city map.

Men jumped on top of the armored barricade and, as hundreds of marchers and supporters formed a sea of often alcohol-fueled fury behind them, wielded pipes, golf clubs, wood planks and even ceremonial swords to vandalize the police vans.

Emboldened, some threw bottles and bricks point-blank into police lines. Many in the mob cheered as one policeman, struck and knocked semiconscious, was dragged to safety by colleagues.

Officers responded by firing a massive mobile water cannon at the rioters, propelling at least one shirtless man sideways off the roof of an armored car and on to the pavement, his forehead split open.

But the Protestant crowd kept swelling and hurling objects into police lines, forcing officers to respond with volleys of snub-nosed plastic bullets in a failed bid to force the crowd to disperse or retreat.

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1 posted on 07/12/2013 7:15:27 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
Wow! the Irish really know how to conduct that "big end vs. small end of the egg" controversy first described in Gulliver's Travels.
2 posted on 07/12/2013 7:27:12 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

Ulster’s doomed and they know it.


4 posted on 07/12/2013 7:35:56 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge ("we are pilgrims in an unholy land")
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To: markomalley
We've had the Arab spring. I guess it's time for, er....Irish Spring ;-)
8 posted on 07/12/2013 7:52:46 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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9 posted on 07/12/2013 7:59:02 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12----No king but Christ! Don't tread on me!)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

Needs moar orange.


10 posted on 07/12/2013 8:04:53 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge ("we are pilgrims in an unholy land")
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZI7BuMrmMM


11 posted on 07/12/2013 8:06:16 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
damn glad my mouth was empty...
12 posted on 07/12/2013 8:10:42 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: markomalley

I’ve witnessed more than five of these Orange marches in Derry since 1993.

The pubs and shops would shut down in fear for their customers and their property.

The “Bands” would show up, aleady well trashed and proceed to hurl insults at the Catholics who were just trying to go about their business.

Just bullies. Nothing less.


13 posted on 07/12/2013 8:47:03 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic!)
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To: markomalley

Any old excuse for drunken vandalism will do.


14 posted on 07/13/2013 3:46:45 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("The human project is all about babies! Culture is all about babies!" ~ Cdl. Dolan)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

“Just bullies. Nothing less.”

White trash on welfare for decades. A long time ago the north of Ireland was an industrial powerhouse (they built the Titanic there); as the UK declined it followed suit. England doesn’t want it anymore, but the descendants of the Protestants they transplanted a few hundred years ago have threatened their own bombing campaign if England abandons them.


15 posted on 07/13/2013 3:54:04 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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