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Dozens more injured in Northern Ireland Orangemen march

A Nationalist throws a missile at police in the Ardoyne area, north Belfast
A Nationalist throws a missile at police in the Ardoyne area, north Belfast Reuters

New unrest late Monday left a further 28 police officers injured in another day of protests against the traditional Protestant Orange Order march in Belfast. In just 48 hours, over 50 police officers required medical treatment, including a female officer who was seriously injured after a lump of concrete was dropped on her from a roof.

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She and another officer are still in hospital but none of their injuries are believed to be life-threatening. They were part of a police escort of the Orangemen who were marching through the Ardoyne area in the north of the city.

It has also prompted a top police officer to issue a rare challenge to Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson and his deputy Martin McGuinness to condemn publicly the events.

Assistant Chief Constable Alisatair Finlay said he did not receive a call by either of the men in the run up to the event.

During the riots, Police responded with rubber bullets and water cannon to try to subdue the Catholic demonstrators, who had staged a sit-down protest in the road. They were also called to remove more than 100 demonstrators.

The traditional 12 July march marks Prince William of Orange's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.
 

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