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Two youths arrested following ‘disgraceful’ violent disorder at NI Protocol rally in Belfast

The PSNI has arrested two youths following disorder that took place in Belfast last night during a Northern Ireland Protocol rally.

PSNI officers were subject to attacks with fireworks and missiles close to a peace line yesterday evening.

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The violence from the loyalist side began on Lanark Way in the Shankill Road area while nationalist violence began on the Springfield Road side of the peace wall.

Two boys aged 12 and 15 years old were arrested for riotous behaviour and have since been released on bail.

The PSNI responded to both areas at approximately 5pm with a small protest beginning on Lanark Way obstructing the road for a period of time before disorder broke out between both sides of the community.

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The disorder continued for several hours with a PSNI spokesman stating that it was “extremely fortunate” that there were no reports of injuries to members of the public or the PSNI.

The violence was brought under control at approximately 10:30pm and has been condemned by both Unionist and Nationalist leaders.

“The disgraceful scenes of disorder seen this evening put members of the public and the responding police officers in real danger and must be condemned by all,”.

IMAGE – “File:Flag of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.png” by Cyberbeagle is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

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