Troops sealed off part of Belfast last night (Saturday) after Northern Ireland Government issued a "restriction on movement" order one area of the city.
Troops sealed off part of Belfast last night (Saturday) after Northern Ireland Government issued a "restriction on movement" order one area of the city. It was the latest stage in almost a week of sporadic street fighting in the Northern Ireland capital.
The rioting followed a familiar pattern with troops facing of missiles including steel-tipped arrows fired from a crossbow as well as bricks and stones. Parts of Crumlin-road, the boundary between Catholic and Protestant areas of the city, were barred to traffic.
The army was taking a new tough line with the rioters and fire men snatch squads charged repeatedly among them to bring out ringlanders. Three companies were involved in the operation and suspects were taken and searched. Each was photographed with the men who arrested him before being taken away. The soldiers' job made more difficult by girls who struggled with the snatch-squad.
One of the company commanders, a major, was asked to comment relations between the soldiers and the people of Belfast: