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2 Sides Argue Over Northern Ireland Riot

Catholics and Protestants accused each other Tuesday of provoking a riot in Belfast’s polarized north side in which 25 police officers and an unknown number of civilians were injured. Several hundred Catholic men and youths attacked British troops and police Monday night immediately after a small parade by the Orange Order, Northern Ireland’s major Protestant brotherhood, had passed by under heavy security. The violence overshadowed a largely peaceful day of mass protests by Orangemen on Northern Ireland’s most divisive holiday, “The Twelfth,” which commemorates a 1690 victory by the Protestant King William of Orange over his Catholic rival for the British throne, James II. Full Story

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