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Belfast rioters kidnap a car and set it on fire while throwing stones at the police on the eighth night of violence

On an eighth night of violence in Belfast, COPS were attacked and a car was set on fire.

Northern Ireland leaders have called for calm after violence broke out again last night in Tiger Bay, a loyalist area north of Belfast with emergency vehicles and police dogs in tow.

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Flames and smoke from the car ignited during protests as rioters hurled gasoline bombs, fireworks and stones at Belfast policePhoto credit: GettyA loyalist rioter sprays a substance on police lines in the Tigers Bay Area in north Belfast

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A loyalist rioter sprays a substance on police lines in the Tigers Bay Area in north BelfastImage credit: APPolice were attacked in north Belfast last night during the riots in Tiger's Bay

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Police were attacked in north Belfast last night during the riots in Tiger’s BayImage credit: PacemakerA rioter holds a burning object in his hand

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A rioter holds a burning object in his handImage credit: Pacemaker

Some officers were attacked, rockets such as stones and bottles were thrown at them, and gasoline bombs were reported to have been used.

A heavy police presence remained in the area overnight, with reports that stones were also thrown at police officers in the nearby nationalist New Lodge area.

An eyewitness said, “The worst thing I saw was a car that was stolen from a nearby street and set on fire.

“Then someone drove it and jumped out so the car could go freely into the police barricade.

“There were plans for protests across the city, but they were canceled because of the death of Prince Philip.

“However, it seemed like a crowd gathered in Tiger Bay, and then problems arose. Masonry and gasoline bombs were thrown on teenagers.”

PSNI Chief Superintendent Muir Clarke said: “We ask for calm in the area and ask everyone who has influence on the communities to use that influence to ensure that young people are not involved in crime and that they are safe and kept away. ” Damage tonight. “

A rioter faces an officer

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A rioter faces an officerImage credit: APAn eyewitness said a car was stolen from a nearby street and set on fire

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An eyewitness said a car was stolen from a nearby street and set on firePhoto credit: GettyPolice took security measures and used water cannons as rioters hurled gasoline bombs, fireworks and stones at officers

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Police took security measures and used water cannons as rioters hurled gasoline bombs, fireworks and stones at officersPhoto credit: GettyIt was the eighth night of the riot in Belfast

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It was the eighth night of the riot in BelfastPhoto credit: Getty

It came despite loyalist leaders urging the community not to participate in protests last night after the Duke of Edinburgh’s death.

On Lanark Way, the scene of much of the unrest in recent days, there were signs reading: “We would ask that all PUL (Protestant, Unionist, Loyalist) protests be postponed as a show of respect for the Queen and the Royal Family .

“The ongoing opposition to the NI Protocol and all other injustices against the PUL community will take place again after the mourning period.”

Belfast saw violent scenes this week amid tensions over the Northern Ireland Protocol, which imposed a trade border in the Irish Sea.

Unionists are also furious after authorities decided not to prosecute Sinn Fein nationalist leaders for attending a grand funeral of a former paramilitary leader last year in violation of Covid restrictions.

Yesterday, rioters were shot at with water cannons after fireworks and gasoline bombs were thrown at the police.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Taoiseach Micheal Martin jointly called for calm after days of unrest in mostly loyalist areas last week.

US President Joe Biden’s administration has also expressed concern and urged calm.

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Earlier, Deputy First Secretary Michelle O’Neill expressed concern that the violence of the past few days will continue throughout the weekend.

Sinn Fein vice-president said: “I am worried about the coming weekend. We all have to be very careful and very consciously try to do everything we can to prevent this.”

“I hope and urge all young people not to get involved, not to allow themselves to be used or manipulated in any way and to stay off the streets, stay at home and stay safe.”

The Northern Irish Secretary welcomes the joint condemnation of violence as the police prepare for another night of disorder

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