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Thread #146821 Message #3400737
Posted By: Keith A of Hertford
06-Sep-12 - 04:49 AM
Thread Name: BS: Loyal to who ?
Subject: RE: BS: Loyal to who ?
Some reporting more balanced than Socialist Unity.
It was estimated that as many 350 rioters took part in the rioting which broke out following a republican march.
The violence at the weekend followed a parade by a republican flute band passing by nearby Clifton Street Orange Hall.
Seven police officers were hurt in the same area of North Belfast in late August when a Protestant band marched past a Catholic church playing music in defiance of a ban from the parades commission, which regulates marches in the province.
It came after 47 PSNI officers were injured on Sunday night during riots linked to a republican parade nearby and a loyalist protest.
Stormont leaders have pledged to help tackle the parade tension that surfaced after restrictions were placed on loyalist marchers who had played offensive tunes outside a Catholic church near the scene of the riots.
. The first minister said he was impressed that Catholic residents in the Carrick Hill area of the city had not demanded that Orange Order and other loyalist parades be re-routed away from St Patrick's chapel.
The Catholic church in Belfast's Donegall Street was turned into a contentious parade route in July when loyalist bandsmen were captured playing a sectarian song outside its doors.