Violent scenes as police clash with Loyalists and Republicans
Police clashed with Loyalist and republican crowds during the annual "Tour of the North" Orange Order parade. Bandsmen were due to be transported through the contested space but rioting took place. Belfast, Northern Ireland. 17th June 2011
Members of 2 feeder bands were returning from the annual "Tour of the North" Orange Order parade. The Northern Ireland Parades Commission had ruled that the bands did not have permission to march through the section of the Crumlin Road which has historically seen violent outbreaks during such parades.
As the band was preparing to board a bus to travel theough the area, a large Loyalist crowd began to throw bricks and bottles at police who had formed a barrier with Landrovers to keep the nationalist and loyalist factions apart. Police n riot gear spent the next few hours holding their line as the crowd chanted and jeered as well as continuing to hurl bottles, bricks, stones and golf balls at them and the nationalist crowd which had also gathered.
At one point, members of the crowd jumped on police landrovers and attempted to provoke members of the nationalist community.