Catholics Riot Before Protestant Parade
About 15,000 Protestants paraded through the predominantly Roman Catholic city of Londonderry in Northern Ireland after a night of rioting by Catholics. The parade ended without clashes as about 700 police officers in the British province kept rival mobs apart.
Police said rioters in Bogside, the major Catholic district beside central Londonderry, hijacked and burned at least two cars and threw about 50 Molotov cocktails at police.
The trouble came hours before the parade by the Apprentice Boys. The Protestant fraternal group’s annual march through the city’s central square and atop its 17th-century walls, which overlook the Bogside, has led to violent clashes in the past.