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Police are attacked as Orange march ends.

ANGRY protesters clashed with cops last night following a controversial junior Orange march in Portadown.

Minor trouble flared after enraged nationalists launched petrol bombs at police.

Officers responded by firing two baton rounds and one man was arrested.

The violence started in the County Armagh town as marchers from the Parkmount Junior Orange Lodge returned home after the parade.

Police, who maintaimed a heavy presence throughout the day, described the disturbances as 'relatively minor'.

Around 40 junior Orangemen and a loyalist flute band took part in the parade, which was given the all-clear by the Parades Commission.

The marchers were surrounded by a small army of soldiers and several police tactical support groups.

The lodge paraded from Shillington's Bridge to the lower end of the Garvaghy Road, which was blocked off with screens erected by the army.

A haul of Land Rovers and heavy military vehicles also lined the controversial route in a bid to separate nationalist residents from the marchers.

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen White said it was a text book operation that passed off with relatively minor trouble compared to last year's march.

"Clearly there were those intent on some violence today but the main thing was that many responsible members of the community acted in a very responsible way," he said.

"What violence was directed against us was reasonably minimalist compared to last year.

"We had a total of eight petrol bombs thrown at officers, two baton rounds were fired as a result, and a man has been arrested."
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:May 26, 2002
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