Sectarian violence during parades in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Sporadic rioting occurred in Belfast during the annual parades by pro-British Protestants to mark a 17th-century military victory. Around 200 people threw rocks, firecrackers and gasoline bombs after police intervened to prevent confrontations. Two cars were set on fire and dozens of rounds of plastic bullets were fired. A number of police officers were injured.

Although general sectarian violence has subsided and most of the parades were peaceful, travellers are reminded to exercise caution and avoid public political or other types of demonstrations in the event they turn violent unexpectedly.

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