House Divided

Orange Day Violence Explodes in N. Ireland

32 police officers were injured and 11 people were arrested over Friday night in Northern Ireland. The violence surrounded the British province's annual Orange Day parades, which celebrate a 1690 victory of Protestant William of Orange over Catholic King James of England. The celebration is often at the center of conflict between pro-Britain Protestants in the region and Catholics who wish for unification with Ireland, as was the case on Friday. Thousands of Orange Order marchers were told not to walk along a stretch of road that predominantly divides the two populations in Belfast, resulting in the riots that lasted into the night. On Saturday, the group said it was "suspending protest action."