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Nationalists riot after parades by pro-British Protestants in Northern Ireland

Cathal McNaughton / Reuters

A Nationalist youth throws a flaming beer bottle at police in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast on July 12. Twenty-two police were injured when Irish nationalists rioted in Northern Ireland overnight, burning cars and firing petrol bombs to protest annual marches by pro-British Protestant groups.

Colm O'reilly / AP

A car is set alight on the Crumlin Road as a large crowd of Nationalists threw bombs at police during the rioting in Belfast on July 12.

Cathal McNaughton / Reuters

Nationalist youths and police in riot gear clash in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast on July 12. Police firing plastic bullets and powerful water cannons forced Catholic militants away from a key Belfast road Tuesday as Northern Ireland's annual day of Protestant marches reached a tense climax. Catholic youths lashed out at police both before and after the marches by the Orange Order, a Protestant brotherhood whose yearly July 12 demonstrations celebrate 17th-century military triumphs over Catholics — and often inspire a violent response from the province's minority.

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Nationalist youths throw rocks and bombs at police in Belfast on July 12.

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