Troops fired repeated volleys of teargas today to break up crowds of Roman Catholic demonstrators in Belfast.
Troops fired repeated volleys of teargas today to break up crowds of Roman Catholic demonstrators in Belfast. The clashes followed a night of rioting in which ten soldiers were injured.
Rival groups of Protestants and Catholics first took to the streets after a bomb explosion in a dockland public house about midnight. The crowd dispersed where police and troops moved in.
Later however, demonstrators reformed in the Catholic district and 400 troops were turned out. The soldiers were pelted with barrages of broken paving stones and bottles, but in a two-pronged tear-gas assault they drove the rioters into side streets. Heavy armoured vehicles were used to smash through the demonstrators' hastily-erected barricades.
This morning the main Antrim Road was closed while the soldiers flushed out the last of the die-hards, again using tear-gas.