Tension continues to mount in Northern Ireland amid preparations for the protestant celebration of Orange Day, tomorrow (July 12).
Tension continues to mount in Northern Ireland amid preparations for the protestant celebration of Orange Day, tomorrow (July 12). The day marks the victory in 1690 of the protestants over the catholic forces in the Battle of the Boyne. The victory established protestant primacy in the area.
The warring faiths of 1690 are still in conflict. More than 11,000 British troops are in Northern Ireland to prevent the violence which seems inevitable when Orangemen parade their victory throughout the land.
Three thousand Orangemen marched through Belfast today (July 11) in dress rehearsal for today's parade. Well armed British soldiers lined the route and there were no incidents.
However, in once-peaceful Londonderry, 17 of the British contingent were injured by rock-throwing demonstrators.
SYNOPSIS: In a dress rehearsal for tomorrow's Orange Day, (July 12) three thousand Orangemen marched through the streets of Belfast, Sunday.
Lining the parade route was a contingent of British soldiers. They are part of the 11,000-man contingent in Northern Ireland charged with keeping the warring catholic and protestant factions pacified. Orange Day commemorates the victory in 1690 of protestant over catholic in the Battle of Boyne. Protestant supremacy in the area was established in the wake of the fighting. Although no incident were reported n Belfast, it was another story in Londonderry.
This is what it could mean to be a British soldier in Londonderry this weekend. for some tactical reason known perhaps only to their unit commander, five soldiers stand immobile under a ferociously accurate barrage of broken up paving stones.
There's no more ammunition at hand ...it's being brought in by a hijacked mechanical dump truck.
Attempts to us CS gas on this occasion prove to be useless...the wind is blowing in the wrong direction and the troops are getting the gas back in their own faces. Rubber bullets are little more effective though they do cause individual casualties.
Then, whether or not under orders it's impossible to say, they move back out of range to a chorus of derisive jeers. In the course of the evening's rioting 17 soldiers were hurt.