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Rock-throwing Protestants battled police and blocked roads in the Belfast area at the start of a 24-hour general strike aimed at destroying the Anglo-Irish agreement that gives Dublin a consultative role in British-ruled Northern Ireland. Police said they clashed with about 50 rock-throwing men who tried to set up a roadblock at the entry to Ballymena, 30 miles north of Belfast. Protestants parked their cars on a major highway 15 miles north of Belfast and also blocked roads near two power stations.

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