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Monday, 10 July, 2000, 21:41 GMT 22:41 UK
Sites of Orange protests
Soldiers are patrolling Belfast during protests
Soldiers are patrolling Belfast during protests
Hundreds of loyalist protesters in Northern Ireland answered a call by Portadown Orangemen to close roads to support their campaign for a march through a nationalist area.

After their annual Drumcree march was barred from entering the mainly nationalist Garvaghy Road on Sunday, Portadown Orange Lodge called for four hours of protests across the province starting at 1600 BST on Monday.

However, protests and disturbances continued into Monday night.

The police advised motorists not to attempt to drive anywhere if possible on Monday evening.

Loyalist protesters closed more than 125 major roads and many other minor roads across Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service appealed to protesters to allow ambulance and medical staff through after some were delayed at barricades when trying to get to their stations to start the night shift.

Bus and rail

Northern Ireland's bus and rail company, Translink, said virtually all its services were brought to a halt.


The M1 was blocked at Sprucefield, Donaghmore and Dungannon.

The M2, M3 and M5 were blocked early in the evening, but were later unblocked.

Belfast City Centre

Shaftsbury Square was blocked by protesters at Sandy Row.

North Belfast

Convicted loyalist paramilitary Ulster Freedom Fighters leader Johnny Adair was at a protest blocking Carlisle Circus roundabout.

The Shore Road was blocked by protesters at Greencastle. The Limestone Road and North Queen Street, Ligoniel Road and Oldpark Road were also blocked.

East Belfast

Soldiers and the police kept rival loyalist and nationalist crowds apart at the bottom of the Albert Bridge Road.

Protesters tried to hijack cars on the Saintfield Road at Newtown Park. The road was also blocked.

Protests also blocked the Albertbridge Road, Belmont Road, Woodstock Link, Beersbridge Road, Castlereagh Road at the Knock dual Carriageway, Cregagh Road, Newtownards Road at Summerhill, Kings Road at Byonville, Holywood Road at Strandtown, Newtownards Road at Ballybeen, Grand Parade at Bloomfield Roundabout, Newtownards Road at Grampian Avenue, Lower Newtownards Road at Tower Street and Ravenhill Road at My Lady's Road.

The Bangor Road at Craigantlet was also blocked.

South Belfast

The Ormeau Road was blocked by protesters at Donegall Pass and Ormeau Bridge.

Protesters also blocked roads at Finaghy Crossroads, Blacks Road, Seymour Hill in Dunmurry at Rowan Drive, Dunmurry at Glenburn Rd and Crossroads, Dubs Stores at Upper Malone Road, Queensway and Kingsway, Annadale embankment and the Milltown Road at Shaws Bridge.

West Belfast

The Shankill, Westland and Springfield Roads were blocked.

The Crumlin Roads was also blocked.

On the peaceline between the Shankill and Falls Roads, loyalists threw stones at a crowd of about 200 nationalists holding a counter-demonstration.

Hijacking in County Antrim

A car hijacked in the New Mossley estate, Newtownabbey, was abandoned on a motorway bridge at Fortwilliam in north Belfast.

It was taken from its owner by armed men in the New Mossley estate just after 1500 BST.

Also in Newtownabbey, protesters blocked roads at Greencastle and Rathcoole. The Doagh Road, Jordanstown Road, Ballyduff Brae and Prince Charles Way were also blocked.

The main A8 road to the ferry port of Larne was blocked by about 800 protesters at Ballynure.

Ballyclare was completely closed off.

Protesters also blocked roads in Carrickfergus at Belfast Road and Rodgers Quay.

The Station Road at Greenisland and the Doagh Road at Carnmoney were blocked.

In Antrim, Fountain Street was closed. There were also protesters blocking the Lminary Road in Kells.

The Galgorm Road and Cushendall Road roundabout in Ballymena were also blocked.

Ahoghill village was also closed.

County Armagh

Portadown, the centre of the Drumcree marching protest, was paralysed by road closures.

On Drumcree Hill, the army used watercannon against loyalist rioters.

In the nearby loyalist Corcrain housing estate the police were attacked by about 300 hundred loyalists.

A car was hijacked and set alight on the railway line in Portadown.

There were protests blocking the Tandragee and Market Roads in Portadown and the Gosford Road in Markethill.

In Lurgan police held back rival nationalist and loyalist crowds. Protesters also blocked the town centre.

County Down priest's house attacked

A Catholic church and a priest's house in Bangor were attacked.

It is believed a gang singing loyalist songs smashed windows in St Comgall's parochial house on Brunswick Road in the town.

There were also protesters blocking the main Belfast Road in Bangor.

Protesters blocked roads at Mount Crescent in Downpatrick, Newry at the Buttercrane centre and in Carryduff at the Saintfield roundabout.

In Killyleagh Gocean Bridge, Shrigley Road and Cross Street were blocked. The Banbridge Road in Castlewellan was also blocked.

Ballynahinch town centre and Newtownards town centre were closed by protests. The Bangor Road in Newtownards was also blocked.

There were also protests in Annalong and on the Portaferry Road in Greyabbey.

Bridge Street link in Comber was blocked.

Moira town centre was also blocked.

County Londonderry

In Derry city, Milltown Crescent, Ardmore Road, Limivady Road, Strand Road and the Upper deck of the Craigavon Bridge were blocked.

The police moved in to prevent a lorry being hijacked.

There were reports of roads being blocked at Magheramason, Curryneirin and Drumahoe.

Protesters also blocked Union Street, Strand Road and Lodge Road in Coleraine, the Limivady Road at Broomhill Hotel and the Glenshane Road at Maghera.

Kilrea village was closed.

The Drumane Road and Derryork Roads in Dungiven and the Ballymoughan Road in Magherafelt were also blocked.

Protester injured in County Tyrone

A man was reported to have been injured when a woman drove into a protest in Coagh.

The Ballygawley roundabout on the main A4 Belfast road is blocked by protesters.

The main A4 Belfast Road in Moygashel, Newtownstewart Road in Omagh and Castletown Road Aughnacloy are also blocked.

Town centres closed

Shops closed early in Belfast, Armagh and Portadown and Lurgan in County Armagh, Enniskillen and Omagh in County Tyrone, Ballymena and Ballymoney in County Antrim and Coleraine and Londonderry in County Londonderry.

Security alerts

There were security alerts at the Buttercrane Centre in Newry, County Down and in Antrim.

The RUC are operating a 24 hour traffic information line on 02890 574000.

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