Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 20 November 2014

Ardoyne rooftop protest is no laughing matter

Nationalist youths stage a rooftop protest as an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in North Belfast
Nationalist youths stage a rooftop protest as an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in North Belfast
Masked youths riotiing in Lurgan last night as trouble continued throughout the day iin the republican Kilwilkee area
Masked youths block the Antrim Road in Lurgan last night as rioting continued throughout the day in the republican Kilwilkee area
A mob surrounds the hijacked train as it leaves Lurgan station near the republican Kilwilkee area. Attempts were made to burn the train after a mob boarded the Enterprise from Belfast to Dublin
Police in riot gear clear a makeshift barricade on the Antrim Road in Lurgan last night as rioting continued throughout the day in the republican Kilwilkee area
Rioting breaks out at Broadway roundabout between nationalist youths and the police
Rioters pictured during disturbances in the Lake Street area of the Kilwilkee Estate in Lurgan, Co Armagh after they hijacked a white van
Burning bins and burnt out cars blocking the roads after rioting at Broadway in Belfast
Police officers take cover behind their landrover jeeps as rioting breaks out at Broadway roundabout in Belfast
Burning bins and burnt out cars blocking the roads at Broadway in Belfast
A plastic bullet is fired (right side of the photo) as police clash with youths before a loyalist band parade passes the Ardoyne shops
The scene at the Ardoyne interface as the Orange Order march through the area
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as police remove protesters blocking the road ahead of an Orange Order march
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as police remove protesters blocking the road ahead of an Orange Order march 2010
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as police remove protesters blocking the road ahead of an Orange Order march
A police officer is brought to hosiptal after being injured during rioting at ARdoyne in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as police remove protesters blocking the road ahead of an Orange Order march
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange parade passes through the flashpoint area
Police accompany the parade past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Police accompany the Orange Order parade past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Police accompany the Orange Order parade past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
A police officer is injured after she was struck by a concrete block pushed from the roof of a building as youths clashed with riot police after an Orange Order parade passed the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
A police officer is injured after she was struck by a concrete block pushed from the roof of a building as youths clashed with riot police after an Orange Order parade passed the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
A police officer is injured after she was struck by a concrete block pushed from the roof of a building as youths clashed with riot police after an Orange Order parade passed the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before a loyalist band parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with riot police before a loyalist band parade passes the Ardoyne shops
Police have fired a number of baton rounds after being attacked with petrol bombs by rioters in north Belfast
A PSNI landrover is attacked in Ardoyne, north Belfast
Police and nationalist protesters after an Orange Order march in north Belfast

Brandishing a stick, a young boy, aged around nine, pulled a hoodie over his head to cover his face and began shouting expletives at police.

These officers were kitted out in full riot gear, with batons, shields and some armed with baton rounds, but that did not extinguish the boy’s bravado in front of them.

A group of young males took up position on the roof of commercial premises and began throwing petrol bombs, bricks and bottles down at police, oblivious to the fact that they were also striking members of their own community.

Police deemed their actions so serious that two officers fired at least two baton rounds in their direction.

As the officers took aim crowds of bystanders warned the males to watch out. When their missiles missed police the same bystanders yelled “nearly”.

And so it became a game to the young males on the roof who seemed to be relishing the attention from the ground.

When the water cannon was deployed they ducked, only to jump up seconds later jeering and laughing. If the situation had not been so dangerous it could almost have been comical.

Older residents said they were fed up with the violence, while younger ones loved the entertainment.

“Mum, can I stay out for another half hour, “ one asked his mother.

“Ok, just don’t get arrested,” she replied.

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