Police attacked as they move in on Belfast's New Lodge bonfire
Police have come under attack as they move in on a bonfire in the New Lodge area that is due to be lit on Thursday night.
There's a significant police presence in the area which has led to claims it may be removed.
The pyre in the New Lodge area is due to be lit on the night the night of August 8 to mark the anniversary of the introduction of the controversial policy of internment on August 9 1971.
Bonfire stand-off in north Belfast.— Mark Simpson (@BBCMarkSimpson) August 8, 2019
Police have surrounded a republican bonfire in the New Lodge area.
Two young people are on top of the bonfire and refusing to come down. pic.twitter.com/nrsxsN8YeL
The Department for Infrastructure has described the north Belfast bonfire as “completely unacceptable” while politicians from both Sinn Fein and the SDLP have said the people in the area do not want the bonfire.
It is currently on land owned by the Department for Infrastructure - but when asked by PA, it wouldn't comment on any plans to step in to remove it.
Instead a spokesman said it will “continue to work with its statutory partners to identify the best way of supporting the local community and ensuring the safety of road users, staff and contractors”.
Sinister graffiti appeared close to the bonfire on Tuesday, threatening that if the structure is removed then a nearby community centre will be targeted.
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