July 13, 1996 in Nation/World

Outraged Catholics Fight Police

Compiled From Wire Services

Catholics and police battled in the streets Friday after more than 100,000 Protestants marched in triumph throughout the British-ruled province.

Catholics were outraged that police forcibly cleared the way for marchers from the Orange Order to pass through two Catholic enclaves Thursday and Friday. The Orange Order, the province’s dominant Protestant fraternal group, marches each July to commemorate its historic victories over Catholics.

Police and army armored vehicles saturated the Catholic Lower Ormeau section of south Belfast all day Friday, long after about 200 Orangemen and four fife-and-drum bands had come and gone.

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