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#Parades

# parades - Thursday 2 September, 2010

Ardoyne riots cost police £1.1m

PSNI says costs will impact on police services in the area.

# parades - Wednesday 25 August, 2010

A TEENAGER HAS BEEN arrested in connection with the Ardoyne riots last month. The 16-year-old boy is being questioned in relation to riots which began on 12 July and continued for four days. A 41-year-old man was charged with riotous assembly. Yesterday, a 25-year-old man and a 44-year-old man were charged with riotous assembly for the disturbances.

# parades - Sunday 22 August, 2010

A MAN IS DUE to appear in Belfast Magistrates’ Court court tomorrow to face charges  in connection with rioting in Ardoyne during the 12 July parades this year. The 28-year-old charged with attempted murder and riotous assembly.

# parades - Saturday 21 August, 2010

A LOYALIST PARADE in Antrim was delayed last night following a bomb alert, which was later confirmed to be a hoax.

The device was found behind the Orange Hall in Rasharkin at around 7pm. A number of residents were evacuated from their homes.

British Army technical officers arrived at 9pm to examine the device.

After the bomb disposal team inspected it, they declared it a hoax and the parade went ahead at about 10.30pm.

PSNI officers stood between a group of about 1,000 loyalists waiting to march, and a group of protesting nationalists. There were some scuffles between police and protesters, but the march went ahead.

The scene of the parade, Rasharkin, is apredominantly Catholic area and just one of the traditional locations where tempers flare during every summer during marching season in Northern Ireland.

The parade, which is organised by the Ballymaconnelly Sons of Conquerors Flute Band, takes place through the main road of the town, and is one of the most contentious marches in the North.

# parades - Friday 13 August, 2010

A PROTEST PLANNED by dissident republicans for Derry tomorrow has been called off. The protest was linked to the Maghaberry prison dispute, which was resolved yesterday.

Dissident republican prisoners at the Derry jail had complained of excessive strip-searching and launched a ‘dirty protest’ against authorities. Prison wardens were offered protective clothing when urine was thrown at them.

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Creggan Enterprises from Derry and the Dialogue Advisory Group were all involved in negotiations to end the long-running prison dispute. Agreement was reached on the three issues the prisoners felt were most important.

Northern Ireland’s justice minister David Ford welcomed the resolution of the prison dispute, saying:

A safe, secure and humane prison regime is at the heart of a ‘healthy prison’ and the full compliance of all parties with this agreement will lead to enduring stability.

Yesterday, Minister Micheál Martin appealed to dissidents in Northern Ireland to stop targeting PSNI officers.

The republican protest in Derry was due to take place at the same time as the Apprentice Boys’ parade.

Who are the Apprentice Boys?

The Apprentice Boys is a Protestant fraternal group based in Derry, but with a global membership. The organisation annually commemorates the 1689 siege of Derry.

During the siege, 13 apprentice boys closed the city gates on the army of Catholic King James II with the cry “no surrender”. The closing of the gates is marked by the Apprentice Boys in December, and their August parade celebrates the ending of the siege.

The parade was banned and limited for some years during the Troubles, but has been allowed to proceed relatively unimpeded in recent years.

[caption id="attachment_11314" align="alignnone" width="292" caption="Protestant Apprentice boys march through the streets of Ballymena in April, 2006."][/caption]

# parades - Wednesday 28 July, 2010

BELFAST MAGISTRATES COURT has heard that one man travelled more than 30 miles to get to the Ardoyne riots. Paul Donegan, 26, from Dunclug Park, Ballymena, is accused of riotous behaviour on 12 July.

Donegan’s solicitor said he was in the area to collect a childcare item from a relative, but a police officer told the court the accused had travelled specifically to the area to take part in the riot.

Bail was refused and Donegan was remanded in custody. The presiding judge said she was concerned about the possibility of re-offending.

Rioting at Ardoyne began on 12 July and continued for three more days.

Separately, a 16-year-old boy was in court facing charges relating to the same riot. His charges range from riotous assembly, to destroying a Toyota after seizing it by force.

The court was told the youth could not be controlled and had been rolling a cannabis joint when police came to arrest him. Bail was refused for the boy, who cannot be named because of his age.

Both persons will appear before the Belfast court again next month.

# parades - Thursday 22 July, 2010

THE FEMALE PSNI officer who was seriously injured during the Ardoyne riots has been released from hospital. Rioters struck ‘Samantha’ on the head with a concrete block dropped from a shop roof.

The PSNI says it knows the identity of her attacker, but has not arrested him yet.

The riots kicked off in Ardoyne on 12 July as annual Orange Order parades took place around Northern Ireland. Four days of violence and vandalism followed as nationalist and unionist youths clashed in the streets.

The father of the injured woman and local residents were highly critical about how the PSNI dealt with the rioters, and called for more arrests to be made.

The PSNI said that in certain situations it is not practical for officers to make arrests, but they have been studying CCTV footage from the area. Last week, one woman was charged with possession of a loaded firearm near the scene of the riots.  Over 80 PSNI officers were injured over the course of the riots.

This footage shows PSNI officers confronting rioters on 14 July:

# parades - Monday 19 July, 2010

A 49-YEAR-OLD WOMAN has appeared in court in Belfast on charges of possessing a loaded gun near last week’s riots in Ardoyne. Norma Elizabeth Crowder from Butler Walk was arrested by PSNI officers on Friday and charged yesterday.

Ms Crowder denied knowledge of the loaded gun and ammunition found under decking in her garden. She was granted bail on condition of being electronically tagged and surrendering her passport. Ms Crowder will appear in court again next month.

Police are continuing their investigations into the riots which injured over 80 of their officers.

The four-day riots kicked off on on the 12 July as annual Orange Order parades took place around the North. Ardoyne residents affected by the violence and vandalism of the riots held a demonstration on Thursday evening to show their disapproval of the rioting. Locals also called for further arrests to be made in connection with the riots.

# parades - Thursday 15 July, 2010

FURTHER VIOLENCE broke out in the Ardoyne area of Belfast last night for the fourth consecutive night. Rival groups of nationalist and unionist youths have been clashing on the north Belfast streets. Police fired baton rounds in an attempt to disperse the rioters.

Police were attacked with golf balls and petrol bombs, and used a water cannon to disperse the crowd. Before last night’s attacks, over 80 PSNI officers had already been injured in the continuing unrest, with one female officer seriously injured after a concrete block was dropped on her.


Two men were arrested last night, one of whom was released pending further inquiries. A smaller number of people is reported to have turned out to confront police last night than on previous nights.

# parades - Wednesday 14 July, 2010

OVER EIGHTY police officers were injured as rioting continued in Belfast last night. This is the third day of rioting in Ardoyne and Belfast, following the marches of the twelfth. Rioters hijacked and burnt out cars, broke up curbing, threw petrol bombs and attacked police. Officers responded by using a water cannon.

Youths also set up barriers and a bus was damaged, wheelie bins were set also set alight. The Newsletter is reporting that some of the rioters were as young as eight.

A PSNI video shows clashes between PSNI riot officers and 150 hooded youths, two hours before Orangemen passed a flashpoint interface. One youth was seen taunting police with a six-foot wooden spear and at another stage, three rioters used scaffolding to attack police. Over 80 officers were injured last night according to Police Federation chief Terry Spence.

“I think both sides have responsibility for what’s going on here in many respects” he said.

“I think they need to look at what is happening in these areas where the contentious parades results in scores of police officers being seriously injured and where their lives are threatened”

Chief Constable Matt Baggot said there had been a dangerous cocktail of “recreational rioting with a sinister edge”.

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness yesterday hit out at those behind the rioting and defended their political efforts to ease tensions over controversial parades. RTE.ie are reporting that both men will mean the Chief Constable to discuss the riots later today.


A PSNI jeep under attack.

Pictures from the riots.

# parades - Tuesday 13 July, 2010

HUNDREDS OF PSNI officers lined the streets of Belfast last night as violence broke out during the 12 July parades.

A total of 27 police officers were reportedly wounded, after being attacked with paint bombs, missiles and stones. One PSNI officer was hospitalised with head injuries.

Violence continued throughout the day and into the night: In Lurgan a group of about 50 youths hurled petrol bombs and stones, in Derry a petrol bomb was thrown at a house in the Irish Street area of the city, and cars were burned out in Armagh.

In Belfast a bus was hijacked in the afternoon by a group of masked men who claimed to have fitted a bomb on board. The driver was instructed to drive the vehilce to Woodbourne PSNI station in western Belfast. Police closed streets as they investigated the threat, however it was later established as a hoax.

The Orange Order was given permission to return home after the march through the nationalist area of Ardoyne, where residents staged a peaceful sit-down protest. However violent demonstrators mixed with the peaceful protesters, throwing bricks, stones and petrol bombs.

Police moved the protesters shortly after 10pm and the march continued.

Shortly after 1.00 am five shots were reportedly fired at a burning police vehicle in Derry. Nobody was hurt in the incident.

Leader in Northern Ireland have condemned the acts of violence. Sinn Féin’s John O’Dowd described the rioting as “pointless” and PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Alistair Finlay said that a resolution to the issue of the parades needed to be found once and for all:

“This is the only way we can move away from the disorder, tensions and fear that grips Northern Ireland every year,” he said, “We need to see real joined-up strategic political leadership, backed up by everyone in communities making their peaceful voices heard.”