July 4, 2000 |
Protesters and police clashed for a second day Monday after Northern Ireland's Parades Commission banned a bitterly divisive Protestant march through a Catholic neighborhood for the third year running. The decision to ban the march set for Sunday down the Garvaghy Road was met with defiance by the Orange Order, the province's major Protestant group. "Everything goes ahead as planned," said Orange Order spokesman David Jones.
September 8, 2001 |
Roman Catholics and Protestants united briefly in prayer Friday over the death of a Protestant teenager, the lone fatality in a week of riots and sectarian clashes. Britain's secretary for Northern Ireland, John Reid, led an effort to defuse tensions in North Belfast's divided Ardoyne neighborhood. Last week, Protestants hurled insults, rocks and homemade grenades at Catholics walking to school through Ardoyne's Protestant section.
July 11, 1996 |
A four-day showdown between police and the Orange Order, Northern Ireland's main pro-British Protestant fraternal group, has triggered the worst violence in a decade in the British-ruled province. Britain is sending 1,000 more soldiers to boost its 17,500-member force in the region after the largely Protestant police force blocked Orangemen from marching through a Roman Catholic neighborhood in the town of Portadown on Sunday. Thousands of protesters have converged on a nearby village.
July 4, 1993 |
Protestant rioters, hurling grenades and firebombs, fought running battles with Northern Irish police in what the Royal Ulster Constabulary called the worst civil unrest in the British-ruled nation in years. Protestant gangs went on the rampage in Belfast after burying a fellow militant killed by his own grenade a week ago.
August 9, 1988
Masked gunmen shot to death a Catholic teen-ager near Belfast, Northern Ireland, then killed a Catholic truck driver trying to stop them with his beer truck. Overnight, there were reports of widespread rioting across the British-ruled province, with Catholics hurling firebombs and torching cars. Supporters of the outlawed Irish Republican Army detonated a powerful bomb about 100 yards from the site of the two murders, but no injuries were reported.
July 13, 1991 |
About 100,000 Protestants took to the streets of Northern Ireland on Friday to mark the 301st anniversary of a Protestant victory over Roman Catholics in the Battle of the Boyne. The marches followed a night of clashes across the British province. Twelve police officers were injured when Protestants rioted, hurling gasoline bombs, bottles and stones at security forces. Police fired plastic bullets to disperse crowds in Belfast where eight officers were injured by gasoline bombs, police said.