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Continued: Belfast gets police reinforcements from Britain after 32 officers, lawmaker injured in riots

  • Article by: SHAWN POGATCHNIK , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 13, 2013 - 10:00 AM

These days, most of Belfast has a growing Catholic majority and Protestant communities must hold their ground with high walls of brick, steel and barbed wire called "peace lines." The Northern Ireland unity government forged by the 1998 peace deal is half Catholic by design, with a former Irish Republican Army commander as co-leader. And a British-appointed Parades Commission, stubbornly boycotted by Orange leaders, wields the power to impose restrictions that police must enforce.

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