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 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.
December 5, 1998 |
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams warned that Northern Ireland's peace accord "could bleed to death" if the stalemate over forming a new compromise government is not quickly overcome. Moderate Roman Catholic politicians joined Adams' party--the political arm of the Irish Republican Army--in blaming the impasse on Protestant leader David Trimble, who denied that any crisis lay ahead.
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.
August 9, 1998 |
Two Northern Ireland police officers were injured Saturday as sporadic scuffles marred a traditional Protestant parade in this largely Catholic city. Police said a third officer went to his colleagues' rescue when he saw them being severely beaten and fired two shots in the air "to disperse the crowd and prevent further injury." Both officers, one with a bloodied forehead, were hospitalized in stable condition.
July 6, 1998 |
Sullen but defiant, Protestant Orangemen in this town pitched tents Sunday in the damp green fields outside a Roman Catholic area they have been banned from entering, threatening to stay there by the hundreds until they are allowed to parade down Garvaghy Road. The hard-line members of Portadown's Orange Order brotherhood are upset that the recent peace deal for Northern Ireland might strip them of their collective cultural and religious identity.