GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Fifteen policemen were injured in a second night of violent riots between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast.
Firebombs, bricks and bottles were thrown at police officers, and cars were driven into police lines.
The violence on Monday 3 September followed a first evening of trouble Sunday following a scheduled republican parade, which protestant loyalists were opposed to. Sunday’s clashes lasted ten hours and left 50 riot police injured. Catholic republican forces want a united Ireland.
The Orange Order, a Protestant marching group, had requested the disbanding of the Parades Commission, an independent agency responsible for authorizing contentious parades, following Sunday’s parade.