Police hurt in violence around parades
GERRY MORIARTY and DAN KEENAN - Tue, Jul 13, 2010 – The Irish Times
THERE WAS serious violence over the Twelfth of July period, with dozens of police officers injured during disturbances in
The trouble flared through Sunday night, yesterday and last night. On Sunday night, three officers suffered gunshot wounds after a masked man fired at them. Disturbances in west and north
There was also trouble in Lurgan yesterday evening involving masked nationalist rioters who attempted to hijack the
Police mounted a huge security operation last night as Orange Order marchers prepared to make their return journey past the north
They accused the Crumlin/Ardoyne Residents Association, which Sinn Féin supports, of being “ineffective” in failing to prevent the return Orange Order feeder parade past the Ardoyne shops. Throughout the evening, police removed protesters until, at 8.20pm, the remaining demonstrators left of their own accord. There were a number of blast and petrol bombs and other missiles fired at the police lines during sporadic violence throughout the night.
Eventually at 8.40pm, the Orangemen and loyalist supporters were paraded past the Ardoyne shops with shield-bearing police trying to protect them from missiles. The parade was completed in less than three minutes.
Police officers crouched down behind landrovers and warned people to get back, amid concerns of possible blast bombs or sniper attacks.
Meanwhile, a police officer remained in hospital last night after he and two of his colleagues were shot during trouble at
Police said 14 officers were injured in violence in the New Lodge area of north
Police used a water cannon at Broadway and fired plastic bullets. Police were pelted with petrol bombs, bottles, bricks and stones.
The trouble on Sunday erupted as police formed lines to separate nationalists on the
PSNI Chief Supt Mark Hamilton said those involved were intent on “causing mayhem and destruction” and his officers put themselves in danger in trying to bring calm to the area.
The North’s Minister for Justice David Ford said it was “clear that there is a small minority of people who want to create havoc and do whatever they can to raise tensions and heighten fears within the community. I would urge those who have influence to show leadership and do whatever they can to bring calm to the streets.”
Police are also investigating how seven people, including two children, were injured when they were struck by a car during an Eleventh Night bonfire on the
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