SIT-IN NAZIONALISTA SBARRA PARATA ORANGISTA AD ARDOYNE
Ore 22.15 Una fonte sul posto ci ha comunicato che la ‘barriera’ nazionalista è stata rimossa da pochi minuti. L’operazione della PSNI sta tuttora proseguendo con l’utilizzo dei cannoni ad acqua
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Più di 100 poliziotti in tenuta antisommossa per rimuovere il blocco ‘umano’ al passaggio della parata a Crumlin Road
Sono almeno 40 i nazionalisti che hanno sbarrato con il proprio corpo il passaggio degli orangisti in Crumlin Road, nell’area di Ardoyne.
Più di 10o poliziotti in tenuta anti-sommossa sono impegnati in una operazione per rimuovere i manifestanti dalla strada, sotto ad una pioggia di molotov, bottiglie e mattoni.
Gli agenti della PSNI hanno fatto ricorso ai cannoni ad acqua oltre ai proiettili di gomma.
Un portavoce della polizia ha detto: “Vorremmo appellarci nuovamente a tutti coloro che hanno influenza nella zona per lavorare con la polizia della zona per riportare la calma nella comunità”.
La parata avrebbe dovuto transitare in Crumlin Road alle 19.30 circa, ma le proteste ne hanno ritardato il passaggio.
Police attacked at Orange march protest in Belfast (BBC News Northern Ireland)
Protesters and riot police Riot police moved in to remove protesters sitting on the road
Police have fired a number of baton rounds after being attacked with petrol bombs by rioters in north Belfast.
More than 100 riot police were involved in an operation to remove nationalist protesters blocking the road ahead of an Orange Order march in Ardoyne.
A crowd nearby threw petrol bombs, bottles and bricks at police who used water cannon to disperse the rioters.
The parade has now gone by the flashpoint area at Ardoyne shops. As it passed, stones and bottles were thrown.
The march was delayed for about 90 minutes because of the protests.
A heavy security presence remains in place in the area.
Sporadic trouble broke out in parts of Northern Ireland as Protestant Orangemen staged their annual parades.
On the eve of the marches, three police officers were shot during rioting.
The Twelfth of July is the annual high-point of the loyal orders’ parading calendar.
Crumlin Road protest Protesters sat on the road ahead of the march
Some marches have been a source of tension between nationalists who see the parades as triumphalist and intimidating, and Orangemen who believe it is their right to walk on public roads.
On the Ormeau Road bridge in south Belfast, petrol bombs and paint were thrown at police on Monday evening.
A police spokesman said they were also dealing with minor disturbances on the Albertbridge Road and Short Strand area.
In west Belfast on Monday afternoon, a bus driver was forced to drive to a police station by two masked men who claimed they had left a bomb on the upper deck.
It is understood the men boarded the bus at Glencolin Walk shortly before 1600 BST.
He drove the bus to Woodbourne police station. Police later said the alert was a hoax.
In the north of the city, a number of cars were hijacked in the Oldpark Road area.
In Lurgan, County Armagh, youths halted a train in the Lake Street area at about 1630 BST and attempted to set it on fire, but the driver managed to restart the vehicle.
None of the 55 passengers on board the Belfast to Dublin are believed to have been injured.
A van was also hijacked in the area.
Later, police said they were dealing with sporadic violence in the town’s Antrim Road area, with petrol bombs being thrown at officers.
In Armagh city, police were investigating reports that a vehicle was set on fire on the Killylea Road and that a large number of youths had gathered in the area.