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Rioters blasted with water cannon by police as unrest continues in North

Apr 9, 2021 08:04 By News Northern Sound
Rioters blasted with water cannon by police as unrest continues in North Rioters blasted with water cannon by police as unrest continues in North
A bus was petrol bombed in violence last night.
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After shocking scenes provoked calls for calm this week, violence again flared up in west Belfast last night - amid rising tensions in the area

Rioters were blasted with a water cannon by police as unrest continued on the streets of Northern Ireland.

After shocking scenes provoked calls for calm this week, violence again flared up in west Belfast last night - amid rising tensions in the area.

Stones and fireworks were thrown at police by gangs of youths gathered on both sides of an interface between nationalist and loyalist areas - close to where Wednesday night's riots took place.

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The latest disorder came as Taoiseach Micheal Martin, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden called for a calming of tensions.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis says there is no excuse for rioting.

Those involved in the disorder were warned by police to disperse immediately or the water cannon would be used - something that hasn't been done in six years in Northern Ireland.

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But those present continued to fire missiles.

Later in the evening, there were reports that the PSNI threatened to fire impact rounds - after six plastic bullets were fired in the area the night before.

 

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