Dozens injured in Belfast clashes

2013-08-10 17:00
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London - Dozens of police were injured in Northern Ireland's capital Belfast in clashes with pro-British Protestants protesting against a parade by Catholic republicans, police said on Saturday.

A spokesperson said about 56 police officers were injured, four requiring hospital treatment, when they were attacked with bricks, bottles and other missiles by crowds in the city centre on Friday night.

Two civilians were also believed to have been injured, police said.

Several cars were set on fire, while officers used water cannon and fired plastic bullets to try to disperse the rioters.

Seven people were arrested for offences ranging from riotous behaviour to hijacking and Northern Ireland police chief Matt Baggott warned that many more arrests would follow.

"Those people had no intention of peaceful protest," he said.

"They lack self respect and they lack dignity."

The city's prisons would be "bulging" once all the culprits were rounded up, he said.

Belfast is currently hosting thousands of police and firefighters from around the globe, who are in town for the World Police and Fire Games.

Protestant loyalist protesters had tried to block part of the route of a planned republican parade marking the anniversary of the introduction by British authorities of internment without trial on 9 August 1971.

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