Protestant rioters attack Catholic homes as sectarian unrest flares on streets of Bel

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Protestant rioters attack Catholic homes as sectarian unrest flares on streets of Belfast
By Associated Press, Tuesday, June 21, 12:02 AM
BELFAST — Sectarian clashes erupted on Belfast’s streets as masked Protestant rioters attacked Catholic homes Monday, Northern Ireland authorities said.

More than 100 Protestant teens and young men bombarded Catholic homes with rocks, bricks and bottles. The street clashes occurred on a major sectarian fault line in east Belfast, pitting the Protestants of Newtownards Road against the Catholics of the Short Strand district.

Sporadic violence has been a regular feature of Northern Ireland’s wider conflict since the late 1960s.

Catholic leaders said the violence was unprovoked, but Protestant leaders said the Protestants appeared to be retaliating for smaller-scale attacks by Catholics youths the previous night.

Most of the attackers wore hoods or scarves over their faces to make it harder for police using video cameras to identify them.

Riot police kept the two sides apart and came under fire from both directions. One police armored vehicle was set on fire by a Molotov cocktail, but it wasn’t clear which side threw it.

The Short Strand-Newtownards Road flashpoint is just one of more than 30 parts of Belfast where high barricades, known as peace lines, separate Irish Catholic and British Protestant turf. Such peace lines have grown in number and size despite the success of Northern Ireland’s 1998 peace accord, which inspired a unified Catholic-Protestant government, the disarmament of the Irish Republican Army, and greater Catholic support for law and order.

Sectarian tensions typically flare in the build-up to July 12, a divisive Northern Ireland holiday when tens of thousands of Protestants from the Orange Order brotherhood march across the British territory. One of the first contentious parades of the Orange marching season turned violent Friday when police blocked Orangemen from parading through part of Ardoyne, a militant Catholic district that often seeks to lash out at passing Protestant parades. Four police officers reported minor injuries.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


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Protestant rioters attack Catholic homes as sectarian unrest flares on streets of Belfast - The Washington Post
 
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It is a bit early though, is it the Derry stuff that happens this time of year?

Making me nostalgic, this is................................................
 

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Why are they described as Irish Catholics and British Protestants? Is it cr@p journalism or is that a standard US media distinction?
 
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Some people are bored these days
And others are just boring.

Why are they described as Irish Catholics and British Protestants? Is it cr@p journalism or is that a standard US media distinction?
It shows the US bias to the republican cause, right or wrong. Our terrorists are their freedom fighters.
 
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Protestant rioters attack Catholic homes as sectarian unrest flares on streets of Belfast
By Associated Press, Tuesday, June 21, 12:02

Riot police kept the two sides apart and came under fire from both directions. One police armored vehicle was set on fire by a Molotov cocktail, but it wasn’t clear which side threw it.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AK always AK Good to see you have your ear to the ground. Amazing, summertime rioting in Belfast who would've thought it. As for the above quote it used to be so much easier in the old days as in, 'Which side of the wagon's on fire'?. Young police people today, I despair.
 
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Rep. Peter King defends IRA support, Islamic radicalism hearings - Yahoo! News

When asked about the comparison between the IRA and Al-Qaeda and its affiliates, King told the Times: "I understand why people who are misinformed might see a parallel. The fact is, the IRA never attacked the United States. And my loyalty is to the United States."
We are fighting and dying on his behalf - i.e. if we had not joined USA in invading Afghanistan 2001 & Iraq 2003 I believe the 7/7 bombings in 2005 would not have happened.
 
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A long day drinking to celebrate McIllroy's win at the US Open was the catalyst apparently.

Only in NI could celebrating a local sportsman winning a tournament end up in a sectarian riot.
 
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A long day drinking to celebrate McIllroy's win at the US Open was the catalyst apparently.

Only in NI could celebrating a local sportsman winning a tournament end up in a sectarian riot.
I don't think Rorys win had anything to do with this, unless you can prove different?
 
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We are fighting and dying on his behalf - i.e. if we had not joined USA in invading Afghanistan 2001 & Iraq 2003 I believe the 7/7 bombings in 2005 would not have happened.
I oppose the Iraq/Libyan war, Afghanistan is a much more complicated case.

America owes the Afghan people alot since they used them to fight their wars and then leave them to a 20 year civil war, turning one side on another through Pakistani Generals.
 
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I oppose the Iraq/Libyan war, Afghanistan is a much more complicated case.

America owes the Afghan people alot since they used them to fight their wars and then leave them to a 20 year civil war, turning one side on another through Pakistani Generals.
Weren't the Taliban the first people to restore some form of peace and order to Afghanistan in 20 years? Yes, they made mistakes, but they were a fledgling government.

As for hiding and supporting Bin Laden, I think the Pakistani Army, ISI and government were far more guilty. Remind me again where OBL was eventually found?
 
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Just what I was told. Being that it's NI, it's not exactly unimagineable that a long night of drinking and celebrating ended up in a riot...
Most of the celebrating was done in Holywood golf club, and I don't think the members are the type to riot.
 
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Weren't the Taliban the first people to restore some form of peace and order to Afghanistan in 20 years? Yes, they made mistakes, but they were a fledgling government.
That's a bit like saying the Nazis restored order to Germany and turning 6 million Jews into smake was a just a 'mistake' caused by high jinks and exuberance.
 
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Weren't the Taliban the first people to restore some form of peace and order to Afghanistan in 20 years? Yes, they made mistakes, but they were a fledgling government.

As for hiding and supporting Bin Laden, I think the Pakistani Army, ISI and government were far more guilty. Remind me again where OBL was eventually found?
My friend, Taliban was made to restore Pakistan's interests in Afghanistan, as most of the Jihadi groups (Ahmad Shah masood, Dostum and co)who were funded and trained by Pakistan turned on Pakistan, which made them very angry, and resorted to unleashes 1000s upon 1000s of madrassah students.

The Taliban were and still are a bunch of cruel individuals, who resort to harming and even killing civilians. Taliban had no policy, but followed a Pakistani one, they destroyed Afghanistan, and sold off many of its assets to Pakistani businesses in lahore, the Taliban were following a medevil Wahabi system of justice, imported from Saudi Arabia, they killed females and many innocent people.

OBL was found at Abbotabad in Hazara district, which is the HQ of the Pakistan army and FC(froniter corps) in the province.

The region is named after I think a British Major called Jame Abbott.

also, the Taliban only brought no real peace to the region, the real peace was when najibullah was in power, that didnt last long, since America wanted to get rid of socialism and assumed these nutjobs will bring it.
 
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Protestant rioters attack Catholic homes as sectarian unrest flares on streets of Belfast
By Associated Press, Tuesday, June 21, 12:02 AM
BELFAST — Sectarian clashes erupted on Belfast’s streets as masked Protestant rioters attacked Catholic homes Monday, Northern Ireland authorities said.

More than 100 Protestant teens and young men bombarded Catholic homes with rocks, bricks and bottles. The street clashes occurred on a major sectarian fault line in east Belfast, pitting the Protestants of Newtownards Road against the Catholics of the Short Strand district.

Sporadic violence has been a regular feature of Northern Ireland’s wider conflict since the late 1960s.

Catholic leaders said the violence was unprovoked, but Protestant leaders said the Protestants appeared to be retaliating for smaller-scale attacks by Catholics youths the previous night.

Most of the attackers wore hoods or scarves over their faces to make it harder for police using video cameras to identify them.

Riot police kept the two sides apart and came under fire from both directions. One police armored vehicle was set on fire by a Molotov cocktail, but it wasn’t clear which side threw it.

The Short Strand-Newtownards Road flashpoint is just one of more than 30 parts of Belfast where high barricades, known as peace lines, separate Irish Catholic and British Protestant turf. Such peace lines have grown in number and size despite the success of Northern Ireland’s 1998 peace accord, which inspired a unified Catholic-Protestant government, the disarmament of the Irish Republican Army, and greater Catholic support for law and order.

Sectarian tensions typically flare in the build-up to July 12, a divisive Northern Ireland holiday when tens of thousands of Protestants from the Orange Order brotherhood march across the British territory. One of the first contentious parades of the Orange marching season turned violent Friday when police blocked Orangemen from parading through part of Ardoyne, a militant Catholic district that often seeks to lash out at passing Protestant parades. Four police officers reported minor injuries.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


© The Washington Post Company


Protestant rioters attack Catholic homes as sectarian unrest flares on streets of Belfast - The Washington Post

We have enough problems of our own, without some Afghani twat, sticking his nose in.
Also why post this link to it, when there is plenty of local links, how hard did you have to search to find one with a American slant (and crap reporting) to it?
Just another of your posts to try and stir up trouble between site members.
If you're really that interested in Northern Ireland politics, why not come over, and I'll introduce you to both sides.
Then you can debate all you political views in person.
 

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