Police hurt in Orange march clashes
Nationalist protesters face the police in Ardoyne in north Belfast after an earlier Orange parade returned back past shops in the area
Nine police officers have been injured during significant disorder following an Orange Order parade in north Belfast.
The loyal order march through the Ardoyne sectarian interface was peaceful but trouble flared nearby with crowds of several hundred confronting lines of riot police.
Fireworks, petrol bombs, stones, bricks and bottles were hurled at police lines and a burning silver BMW driven at officers in the residential neighbourhood of red-brick terraced houses.
A republican march through the same area shortly afterwards prompted an exchange of missiles between loyalists and nationalists. Water cannon vehicles were used extensively and six non-lethal baton rounds fired.
Police Service of Northern Ireland Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr said: "Unfortunately, police are now dealing with significant disorder in the Brompton Park and Balhom Road area. Water cannon has again been deployed and four officers have been injured. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
"I am urging all individuals and communities affected to respond to developing events in a calm and responsible manner. Violence has serious and unwanted consequences for us all and we will robustly investigate all incidents of disorder."
Other Orange parades across Northern Ireland passed peacefully. A token parade by around 15 Orangemen through Ardoyne passed in silence just before 4pm. A residents' protest supported by Sinn Fein was peaceful.
Democratic Unionist MP Nigel Dodds said the second march by nationalists was linked to dissident republicans. He criticised the Parades Commission's decision to allow the republican parade. "The Parades Commission pandered to this outfit. They are incapable of reaching a resolution because they only want violence, they don't want settlement, they just want to derail the peace process," he said.
A second blazing car was later driven at police. Missiles were also hurled at officers by loyalists on the Crumlin Road in Ardoyne, a short distance from the republican trouble.
Two arrests have been made at this stage although this number is expected to rise in the coming days as police continue with their evidence gathering operation.