Annual Protestant march in Belfast mostly peacefulJuly 13, 2014 @ 4:12 am
See all photos
LONDON (AP) -- Police in Northern Ireland say an annual Protestant parade that typically sparks riots and disorder has taken place peacefully.
Assistant chief constable Will Kerr praised the "responsible behavior" of those involved in the annual July 12 march, saying he was pleased it was one of the most peaceful in recent years.
The parades by the Orange Order brotherhood commemorate the 17th-century victory of Protestant King William of Orange against the Catholic he dethroned, James II. The marches often raise tensions among the Irish Catholic minority.
Last year, several nights of riots left dozens of officers and others injured, and hundreds of people were charged or reported to prosecutors for protest-related disorder.
This year, marchers were barred from passing a sectarian flashpoint in north Belfast.
Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Jumped in to Help
A new teacher confronted a gunman who opened fire at Marysville-Pilchuck High School
Week In Photos
Great heights and breathtaking images from around the world this week
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.