July 5, 1999 |
In a land where religion and intolerance often walk hand in hand, the peaceful march by members of the Protestant Orange Order that took place Sunday was no small feat. The peace was carefully scripted, to be sure, secured by miles of barbed wire, hundreds of soldiers and police, and a ban on parading through a Roman Catholic neighborhood.
July 5, 1998 |
With barbed wire and a 3-mile trench as deep as a grave, police and soldiers walled in the Catholic enclave of this Northern Irish town Saturday to protect it from its Protestant neighbors as the biggest test yet of a fragile peace deal here looms today. Protestant members of the Orange Order brotherhood have traditionally donned dark suits, bowler hats and orange sashes to march through town--and through the Catholic Garvaghy Road area--on July 5.
November 1, 1998 |
A Roman Catholic man was killed in Northern Ireland early Saturday in what appeared to be a slaying by Protestant Loyalists opposed to the province's peace process. Police said they were pursuing the possibility that members of the terrorist Loyalist Volunteer Force killed 35-year-old Brian Service, who was shot several times at close range in a north Belfast street. He died later in a hospital. Parties that draw their support from the Catholic community were quick to condemn the killing.
June 22, 2000 |
An explosion rocked a Roman Catholic area of Belfast, injuring two men, officials said. The BBC cited "security sources" as saying an explosive device caused the blast. Northern Ireland police said it was not yet clear what prompted the bomb attack. The explosion came a day after a pro-British guerrilla group, the Ulster Freedom Fighters, threatened to end its six-year cease-fire unless Catholic republicans stopped attacking Protestants in Belfast, the provincial capital.
July 7, 2000 |
British authorities on Thursday banned a second Protestant parade from passing through Roman Catholic territory, as the province suffered through a fifth straight night of tension between the rival factions. There were concerns that the verdict could further fuel widespread demonstrations and rioting, and later Thursday, Catholic and Protestant groups skirmished in two parts of Belfast. However, the level of violence was significantly lower than on previous evenings.
July 18, 1996 |
British Prime Minister John Major had a tense meeting with leaders of Northern Ireland's main Roman Catholic party as he fought to revive a peace process stalled by the worst violence in years. Parliament members from the Social Democratic and Labor Party, leaving Major's Downing Street offices, said they had accused his government of capitulating to pressure from the majority Protestants in the province.