Dozens of people were injured in two consecutive days of violence in Portadown, Armagh.

Violence ignited when Orangeman gathered in town last night after an annual procession to commemorate the Battle of the Boyne.

Protestant youth began throwing missiles at police as they tried to divide the Catholic region.

The riots of nationalists and Loyalists are expected to riot until late at night as security forces and each other anger each other.

The vehicle capsized and police were attacked with darts, bottles and stones. Four people were seriously injured, including one who was dragged out of the car and stabbed in the neck.

RUC police responded with batons and about 150 plastic bullets. A total of 127 police and civilians were injured in two nights.

Last night there was a skirmish between Catholic and Protestant factions throwing Molotov cocktails into the wasteland in anticipation of today’s parade.

The march in the Portadown area ended peacefully this afternoon after Orangeman accepted a compromise from RUC late last night.

Authorities expected trouble after closing the tunnel section of Ovin’s Street yesterday. This is the traditional outbound route from the Portadown Parade to the Drumkley Church.

When RUC allowed Orangeman to descend Obins Street last Sunday, there was a scene of anger among police, Loyalist processions, and Catholic residents.

Today, hundreds of troops have joined the army of 1,000 powerful officers in a rerouted parade.

It took 25 minutes for 400 Orangemen from eight lodges to walk, mostly Catholic Gerber Eroad.

Courtesy BBC News

In context

The Orange Order was founded near Portadown in 1795 after the Catholic and Protestant clashes at the Battle of Diamonds.

With approximately 75,000 members, it continues to be the largest Protestant organization in Northern Ireland.

Every year on July 12, we celebrate the victory of Protestant William III over the Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

Tensions increased in 1986 as Loyalists claimed concessions to Catholics through the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement.

An independent parade committee was established in 1997.

Gerber Elord continues to be a source of anxiety, and Orangeman has not been allowed to march there since 1997.

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