UK: Eleventh night bonfires and disturbances in Belfast

Loyalists at the traditional Eleventh Night bonfire in Belfast’s Sandy Row burnt Irish and European Union flags on Wednesday night. Police reported a number of burnt out cars in the area, including in Dundonald where this footage was taken.

Authorities are on red alert, after Belfast City Council sought to reduce the height of a bonfire in East Belfast which it said posed a serious threat to surrounding homes.

The Polive Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) also warned that the East Belfast Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) “intend to orchestrate serious disorder”. Bonfires are traditionally lit in many loyalist areas of Northern Ireland on the eve of 12th July. The occasion marks the victory of protestant William of Orange over catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.


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