Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Eight Police Officers Injured in N.Ireland Rancor; Denied Protestant Parade from Passing Cath.Bldg.

Eight police officers were injured on July 12 when they were pelted with bottles and beer cans at an Orange Order parade in Northern Ireland, the Euro News website reports today (July 14, 2015).

The Protestant loyalists reacted angrily when a cordon was erected to stop the march from passing a Catholic estate.

Thousands of pro-British Protestants hold marches every year on July 12 in the British-ruled province to mark the 1690 victory by King William of Orange that sealed Protestant domination in a tradition that Catholics view as provocative.

Three decades of fighting between mostly Protestant loyalists who want Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom and Irish Catholic nationalists -- who want it to be part of a united Ireland -- led to the deaths of more than 3,000 people before a 1998 peace agreement.

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