Rioting breaks out in Belfast after school protests

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The Independent Online

Rioting erupted in North Belfast tonight as rival nationalists and loyalists clashed.

At least two police officers were injured and an armoured car destroyed by a petrol bomb when the crowds turned their venom on the police when they moved in to separate the factions.

Police said their officers came under a stoning attack by nationalists in Alliance Avenue and a loyalist petrol bomb destroyed the police car.

Fireworks, stones and bottles rained down as the trouble continued.

It was sparked by fresh disturbances at the flashpoint Holy Cross Primary school where several windows were broken and cars attacked when Catholic parents went to collect their children from school.