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CLASHES OVER ORANGE WALK.

A YOUNG boy cheekily jumped from the top of one RUC Land-Rover to another as trouble flared at an Orange parade.

Protesters clashed with police on Saturday after loyalist marchers crossed the peaceline on to Belfast's nationalist Springfield Road.

Missiles were hurled at police in riot gear who were blocking the road as the parade passed Catholic homes 200 yards away.

Sinn Fein Assembly member Gerry Kelly suffered a head wound during the clashes. He later claimed he was hit by an RUC officer.

The Parades Commission ruled that the march could go ahead.

Orange bands refused to march along the contested part of the route because of the order prohibiting them from playing music.

However, loyalist band music was relayed to the Springfield Road through a public address system.

Orangemen are preparing to march at Drumcree next Sunday.

The Commission has yet to rule on whether they will be allowed to walk along the nationalist Garvaghy Road.
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Author:O'Reilly, Ruth
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 26, 2000
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