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Peaceful Start to N.Irish Day of Parades, Protests

Thousands of Protestant “Orangemen” took to the streets of Northern Ireland on Monday as police appealed for calm on a tense day of parades and protests. With hundreds of marches taking place as Protestants mark a centuries-old battlefield victory over Catholics, political leaders are hoping sectarian tensions do not spark violence which could harm the delicate peace process. So far the summer “marching season” has been one of the most peaceful in recent memory, but Protestant anger at restrictions placed on a small parade in a flashpoint district of Belfast has raised the temperature in recent days. Full Story

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