June 23 - Young Catholic and Protestant demonstrators in Belfast are kept under control by police, older members of their party. Julie Noce reports.
There was a lot of yelling... a lot of posturing... but not a lot of violence on the streets of Belfast Wednesday night. After two nights of sectarian riots between Catholics and Protestants, police were out in full force to stop demonstrators from becoming rowdy. Try as they might... younger protesters kicked and hit armoured police vehicles. But to no avail. They were talked down by older members of their party and eventually backed away. Earlier in the week, pro-British loyalists and Irish nationalists clashed in violent riots that politicians are calling the worst in decades. The violence erupted in a Catholic enclave of the mainly Protestant east section of Belfast and comes during the start of the annual Protestant parade season. The marches have been known to trigger violent protests by Catholics in the past. Julie Noce, Reuters