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Monday, 10 July, 2000, 21:43 GMT 22:43 UK
Picture gallery: Loyalist protests
Belfast's near-deserted streets as loyalist protests start
Protests called by the Orange Order over the disputed Drumcree parade paralysed many parts of Northern Ireland on Monday. By 4pm on Monday most of Belfast city centre - pictured above - was closed.

Security forces look on as Orangemen protest in Belfast

The first protests saw members of the Orange Order take their banners to the streets of Belfast and other areas of Northern Ireland.

A line of Orangemen form a road block in Belfast

After the 4pm official start of the protests passed, many of the loyalist protesters formed impromptu road blocks - mainly by simply standing in the street blocking traffic.

The deserted Shankill Road, a major protestant area of Belfast

Long before Belfast's normal rush hour, the protestant Shankill Road area was all but deserted.

A deserted motorway outside of Belfast

Many commuters rushed to leave Belfast fearing that the main roads and motorways would be blocked - their fears were justified.

Orange Order members march at Carlisle Circus in Belfast

By 6pm the protests were in full swing - this one took place at the Carlisle Circus area of north Belfast.

Johnny Adair watches the protest at Carlisle Circus

One of those looking on was Johnny Adair, the convicted UFF loyalist paramilitary leader who has also visited the scene of the Drumcree stand-off.

Riot police hold back a large loyalist crowd at Lurgan

In Lurgan, the mood turned ugly as riot police moved in to prevent a potential clash between this large loyalist group and nationalists.

A burnt-out car in Carrickfergus

And in Carrickfergus, there was the first of many vehicle hijackings.

A child plays near a burning wreck in a loyalist area of Belfast

With only days to go before the traditonal Protestant 12 July celebrations, the mood across Northern Ireland is tense with few predicting the outcome of the protests.

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