Three officers shot during Belfast rioting

From the BBC:

“A total of 27 officers were injured during disturbances – 14 in the New Lodge area of north Belfast and 13 at Broadway in west Belfast.

About 200 people threw petrol bombs, stones and bottles at police during trouble in the Broadway area.

The trouble began at about 2345 BST on Sunday. Police used water canon and fired baton rounds.

At least one car was hijacked and set alight”

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  • Basil McCrea is quoted as saying a large number of impact rounds were fired last night.

    As we speak large crowds have gathered at Ardoyne – large number of PSNI officers are deployed along with 2 watercannons in cambrai street http://twitpic.com/24loba

  • DC
  • Cynic

    Love the guy with the brush at Broadway thinking “Double time, double time, double time.

    Nice to see that all the brave heros now seem to be abed

  • thefuture’sbright,the future’s orange

    shocking events last night and you’ve got to be pessimistic for tonight as well. Dissidents are certainly stepping things up a gear with what looks to be quote a bit of support from ‘their community’.

  • Cynic

    Let’s see what happens today but at the moment it looks like a crowd of drunken scum and one with a shotgun – probably normally used for robberies

  • DC

    and by the Raoul Moats of this world…

  • TheHorse

    Would that be the same dissidents that rioted with police in the Ballybeen estate or was that drunken youths and anti social elements protecting their area from marauding republicans.

  • thefuture’sbright,the future’s orange

    whataboutery within 7 posts – not bad 🙂

    even the shinners have said how the dissidents have been brought in from all over the place – pretty clear where the trouble is coming from.

  • chewnicked

    What happened to the guy who drove his car into the crowd at Coolfin Street?-Was he scooped?

  • TheHorse

    Political opportunism, this happens almost every year at Broadway, long before dissidents were around, its become traditional now. A simple solution is to not locate bonfires at interface areas but I suppose that would be infringing on peoples human rights and cultures.

  • David Cather

    The BBC have finally reported it anyway, though I think hit and run is being a bit euphemistic given that he hit 7 people including 2 children

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/10597364.stm

  • damon

    The interface at Broadway is very wide and you need to be very thin skinned to be offended by a cultural celebration on the other side of a motorway.

    As the Republican dissident poster says of their so called POW’s in Maghaberry: ”They’re in there for you – be outside there for them”. That would mean the guy with the shotgun I presume.

  • TheHorse

    What that poster has to do with the trouble at Broadway I dont know or the guy with the shotgun, maybe it was similar to the guys with the axe who attacked the police in Ballymena or the guys who threw petrol bombs at police in the Ballybeen estate – nothing to do with dissidents. You’re assuming that its always the one side that starts looking for trouble or maybe you turn a blind eye to the facts, as anyone who is from around that area knows how it usually starts off, lets just say they venture into one anothers areas in the dark of night and steal certain things that can be burned at the top of a bonfire.

  • Comrade Stalin

    The guy committed a crime and I hope he is punished for it, but at the same time, I still wonder what sort of parents have young children up at 1AM in the morning.

    As for the rioting, I see nothing there that wouldn’t be solved by a baton charge.

  • Cynic

    From my perspective drunken scum are drunken scum…I don’t care what flag they are wrapped in

  • chewnicked

    ‘The BBC have finally reported it anyway, though I think hit and run is being a bit euphemistic given that he hit 7 people’

    Indeed, David. How dare the BBC give precedence to the deaths of 8 people in a car crash in Donegal. I’m sure that the running order of the news bulletin confirms your view that the BBC is part of a papish conspiracy..

  • Cynic

    Just dont feed the Trolls

  • jtwo

    Given that Paula Bradshaw says its not entirely clear how things went down and the cops haven’t given a definitive line either maybe it was best that the BBC didn’t go in all guns blazing?

  • Wasted Ballot

    last night should prove to those ‘politicians’ who want an unarmed police force that we simply are not ready.

  • Comrade Stalin

    I don’t see what the police being armed has to do anything, given that they didn’t actually fire back.

  • sdelaneys

    who are ‘we’ in this context?

  • Wasted Ballot

    The fact that they didnt shoot back is irrelevant – we have armed groups in NI that will open fire at any moments notice. The police should be allowed to defend themselves and the public.

    I know many would prefer the police would use harsh language or just plain run away, frankly they deserve better than that.

  • Wasted Ballot

    we = Northern Ireland. If you want a more in-depth response see what I wrote above.

  • Comrade Stalin

    I know many would prefer the police would use harsh language or just plain run away, frankly they deserve better than that.

    Going by the footage, I didn’t see the police doing that much in Broadway last night, and despite 27 police being injured there are no reports of any arrests. Arguing about whether the police are armed or not in that context seems superfluous.

  • vanhelsing

    ———–‘even the shinners have said how the dissidents have been brought in from all over the place – pretty clear where the trouble is coming from’—————

    I love the irony in his statement – not 7 years ago it was the shinners who were busing people in from all over the place to Ardoyne shops. Perhaps they just can’t afford the buses these days because of the recession and only the dissidents have the euros for it 🙂

  • McSweeney (Fulham)

    ‘Marauding republicans’ in Ballybeen? Oh hum…some excuse that is. Lived in said part of Belfast myself for a couple of years, and despite being what you might sneer ‘Fenian’, was also mixed-race, which even in the mid naughties seemed to be ‘asking for it’…from bus drivers on the 4a passing me at the stops to supermarket workers at Asda (with sign on the Newtownards Road reading; Lottery Baby Groceries – with the first word meant to tease the socio-economic C2DE’s) stalking me up and down the aisles continuously asking if I ‘needed any help’.
    Don’t worry too much about ‘marauding republicans’. in the two years I lived there, it seemed many from the estate hated each other…and didn’t need too much of an excuse to get all chippy and childish.
    The current Ballybeen kick-off reminds me of Brixton in the mid seventies; From June to August, between 75-90 degrees, all the Red Stripe and Wray & Nephews 63 per cent rum you can drink, and punters kicking off to prove ‘a point’.

  • Bob

    All those cops injured and only 2 arrests? Are they starting to get politically correct now?