Eight hurt in loyalist protests

Dec 7, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: BBC News

Eight police officers have been injured and four people arrested following clashes between loyalists and riot police across Northern Ireland.

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stuarty

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Dec 7, 2012
 
eight police officers have been injured and four people arrested following clashes between loyalists and riot police across Northern Ireland.

Trouble began in Belfast when a crowd that was blocking the road attacked a van after its driver had attempted to drive through a loyalist roadblock.

Police said an attempt had been made to hijack the van.

Missiles were thrown at riot police and police Land Rovers in the Shaftsbury Square area of the city.

Bricks and other missiles were also thrown at police on the O'Neill Road in Newtownabbey, on the outskirts of Belfast

There was also trouble at the Mossley Mill civic centre in Newtownabbey, where 600 people were attending functions on the premises.

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Two hundred were at the DUP mayor of Newtownabbey's Christmas dinner and 400 were at a Christmas function involving singer Peter Corry.

Around 30 to 40 loyalists who congregated at the gates hijacked and burned two cars and smashed the windscreens of other cars belonging to people attending the functions.

A situation arose where people inside could not leave and people attempting to enter were obstructed.

DUP assembly member Paul Girvan attempted to speak to the protesters but was initially stoned.

He was eventually recognised by the loyalists.

He said that as far as he was concerned there was clear paramilitary orchestration.

Mr Girvan blamed the Ulster Volunteer Force.

A water cannon was used in Belfast.

Police said they were dealing with "minor disturbances" in the Shaftsbury Square area.

They said two officers had been injured, with one of them being taken to hospital.

They said that at about 20:30 GMT, a car was hijacked in Stroud Street off Sandy Row and set on fire. Another parked car was also set on fire in the Shaftsbury Square area.

Earlier, police had warned drivers about traffic disruption due to protests about the change in flag policy at Belfast City Hall.

Several small protests took place in Belfast, Bangor and Lisburn as well as other areas of Northern Ireland.

A protest at Alliance party headquarters near Holywood Arches in east Belfast caused traffic delays.

Protesters also blocked the road at University Street at the office of Alliance MLA Anna Lo.

A protest at the back of Belfast City Hall on Friday night has also caused traffic disruption.

'Mob violence'
Earlier on Friday there were protests at Cloughfern Corner at Newtownabbey, Lanark Way in west Belfast and Limestone Road in the north of the city.

Meanwhile police have appealed to loyalists planning to protest in Belfast city centre on Saturday not to do so.

"We would urge those involved in the protests, to which they have a legitimate right, to take a step back and stay out of the city centre tomorrow. The risk to the public safety of all of those involved is simply too great," said Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr.

He said 21 police officers had been injured while dealing with disorder this week.

"This behaviour is simply not acceptable. These people are only wrecking their own communities and putting innocent people's lives at risk," he said.

"This mob violence and intimidation cannot be allowed to continue and I am urgently appealing to politicians and those with community influence in these areas to do what they can to put a stop to this behaviour now before someone is seriously injured or killed."

Traders are also concerned about the plan to hold a protest on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

There have been protests since Monday when Belfast City Council voted to fly the union flag on designated days only.

Nationalists at Belfast City Council had wanted the union flag taken down altogether, but in the end voted on a compromise from the Alliance party that it would fly on designated days.

Unionists have said they consider the change as an attack on their cultural identity.e
stuarty

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christmas shopping not what it used to be .. rush rush. duck dive smash bang wallop get te f*** outa that car/van/shop ah the north ...its time to bring on the sales ... ahh tis the season to be jolly .lol. i hate shopping anyways.
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What are Sunnis and Shia doing?
stuarty

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well wrote:
What are Sunnis and Shia doing?
prob same

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The army should be sent out of barracks to restore law and order.
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wheres all the plastic bullets now?
lol wreck your own community, brainless tw_ats
laughin stock of the world
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Abrasive Beast wrote:
The army should be sent out of barracks to restore law and order.
lol clueless.. they are in afgan.. the only soldiers i know of in my wee country is bomb disp... in case the cowards plant another few bombs trying to kill more woman/children even unborn babies all good with the ira... if the army came back on to our street the republicans would cry for the next 30years lol
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wheres all the plastic bullets now?
lol wreck your own community, brainless tw_ats
laughin stock of the world
they use water cannon now as republicans cried so much over plastic bullets.. think they were to sore in the quest for united ireland lol should know by now no loyalist/republican in n.ireland care what the rest of the world thinks of them they are hardly whiter than white.. america are hardly godly on the same matters, waterboarding rag heads etc
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loving this from west belfast, well done sinn fein for mighty fine work. every year theres less and less parades, more and more restrictions and now flags are being removed.Soon the orangemen wont even be alloweed to walk down the shankill

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stuarty wrote:
<quoted text>lol clueless.. they are in afgan.. the only soldiers i know of in my wee country is bomb disp... in case the cowards plant another few bombs trying to kill more woman/children even unborn babies all good with the ira... if the army came back on to our street the republicans would cry for the next 30years lol
Our boys should be sent in to restore law and order and keep peace between both communities.
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loving this from west belfast, well done sinn fein for mighty fine work. every year theres less and less parades, more and more restrictions and now flags are being removed.Soon the orangemen wont even be alloweed to walk down the shankill
lol like the elderly cant walk down the falls in the evening for fear of being mugged by the good republican children of west belfast.

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A charity event (charity walk and santa) for kids with heart disease has had to be cancelled today in Belfast for fear of further rioting.

Shame.
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A charity event (charity walk and santa) for kids with heart disease has had to be cancelled today in Belfast for fear of further rioting.
Shame.
yeah sad.. worse if the ira though were involved they would have blew them up with no warning bomb like in the past

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stuarty wrote:
<quoted text> yeah sad.. worse if the ira though were involved they would have blew them up with no warning bomb like in the past
Or like what happened in the Dublin bombing when 2 babies were killed along with their young parents and a 20 y/o woman was killed along with her unborn baby....

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People should move on in peace.....

As I've said before we don't hate the British people living in NI......
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Dubbadub wrote:
People should move on in peace.....
As I've said before we don't hate the British people living in NI......
we hate the republicans living in the uk.

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stuarty wrote:
<quoted text>we hate the republicans living in the uk.
Well, twas a Protestant who started Irish Republicanism....

Time to pay your respects to the Irish Protestants who fought for Irish independence. Just like we pay our respects to the Irishmen who fought for Britain in WW1 and WW2.

Works both ways you see....

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Dubbadub wrote:
People should move on in peace.....
As I've said before we don't hate the British people living in NI......
but you do love the people who murder them.

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mikev483 wrote:
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but you do love the people who murder them.
I do not.

However, you will find that the majority of people in the ROI did support the Irish natives in NI defending themselves and their communities against attack.

The majority of people in this island support peace.....
I can read

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I do not.
However, you will find that the majority of people in the ROI did support the Irish natives in NI defending themselves and their communities against attack.
The majority of people in this island support peace.....
SO they're all supporters of the British army who were deployed in NI to protect the catholic community from unionist thugs?

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