Shots fired at police during “anarchy” in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Gunshots were fired at police in scenes of "anarchy" in…

Belfast Welcome

Gunshots were fired at police in scenes of “anarchy” in Belfast early on Friday morning after Catholic youths rioted in response to a small Protestant parade passing their estate the previous day, but no officers were hit.

The overnight violence was the culmination of a series of parades that pro-British Protestants stage annually in the British-ruled province, a tradition seen as provocative by Irish nationalists who want to be part of a united Ireland.

Dozens of youths threw bricks, snooker balls and petrol bombs at hundreds of riot police at the point where Catholic and Protestant areas of the city meet. Police responded with water cannon and plastic bullets.

Read more at Reuters

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