Belfast leaders urge youths to stop rioting
Northern Ireland’s political and religious leaders pleaded for Catholic youths engaged in Belfast rioting to stop before one of them is killed. Their appeals follow three nights of street mayhem in working-class Catholic parts of Belfast that one priest described as “a Disney theme park for rioting.” Children as young as 9 have been attacking riot police, while other youths cheer them on and take photos for display on social networking sites such as Facebook. So far, 83 police have been wounded, none critically. The riots flared over annual Protestant loyalist marches.