Belfast lead­ers urge youths to stop ri­ot­ing

Austin American-Statesman - - THURSDAYBRIEFING -

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.

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