Belfast disorder: PSNI appeal for calm – BBC News

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Image caption The fire occurred at a former credit union in west Belfast

Police have called for calm after cars and a disused building were set on fire during disorder in Belfast on Monday night.

It happened after contractors removed bonfire material from a nationalist area of the city in the afternoon.

The PSNI said it had dealt with “small localised disorder caused by a small group of people” in the Markets, New Lodge and North Queen Street areas.

Earlier, petrol bombs, stones and other missiles were thrown at police.

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Image caption The blaze was at a former credit union on Ross Road in west Belfast

The blaze was at a former credit union on Ross Road in west Belfast. The police assisted the fire service in dealing with it.

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Image caption The police said it assisted the fire service in dealing with the blaze

On Monday afternoon, two cars were destroyed after they were set on fire and other vehicles were damaged by stones and paint.

The disturbances in the Markets area, close to the city centre, saw police officers targeted with petrol bombs, bricks and bottles.

The trouble followed the removal of material gathered by republican youths for an anti-internment bonfire.

Alliance councillor Emmet McDonough-Brown described the scenes in Belfast as “disgraceful” and said they must be “condemned in the strongest terms”.

“The responsibility for last night’s behaviour rests solely with the people who carried it out,” he told BBC Radio Ulster.

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Image caption Young people threw stones and damaged cars in east Belfast

“The agreement to remove materials was agreed by all parties and I think this is not the first test of the issue.”

Sinn Fin councillor Deirdre Hargey said residents in the Markets area were “completely disgusted” at the trouble.

“They don’t want this and those involved in this disgusting behaviour are not representative of this community,” she added.

Bonfires are traditionally lit in some republican areas to mark the anniversary of the introduction of interment – detention without trial – on 9 August 1971.

On Twitter, the PSNI also “thanked those in affected communities who helped settle tensions” on Monday evening.

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