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8 Northern Ireland police officers injured by Protestant rioters after Belfast march blocked

  • A police officer is dragged away after being struck by an object thrown by Loyalist protesters at the Ardoyne Roundabout, Belfast Monday July 13, 2015, during the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's forces over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Brian Lawless/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE

    A police officer is dragged away after being struck by an object thrown by Loyalist protesters at the Ardoyne Roundabout, Belfast Monday July 13, 2015, during the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's forces over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Brian Lawless/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE  (The Associated Press)

  • Police attend to a member of the public after a car was overturned on the Crumlin Road, Belfast  Monday July 13, 2015, during the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's forces over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Brian Lawless/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE

    Police attend to a member of the public after a car was overturned on the Crumlin Road, Belfast Monday July 13, 2015, during the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's forces over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Brian Lawless/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE  (The Associated Press)

  • Police next to a car that was overturned on the Crumlin Road, Belfast Monday ,July 13, 2015, during the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's forces over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Brian Lawless/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE

    Police next to a car that was overturned on the Crumlin Road, Belfast Monday ,July 13, 2015, during the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's forces over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Brian Lawless/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE  (The Associated Press)

Northern Ireland police say at least eight officers have been injured in nighttime Belfast riots after the British territory's main Protestant brotherhood was blocked from marching through a Catholic district.

The riot police suffered a range of injuries from hand-thrown projectiles as they blocked the Orange Order parade from passing Ardoyne, a power base of the outlawed Irish Republican Army. Masked youths in the Protestant mob tried to break through police lines but were forced back by officers' locked shields and blasts from mobile water cannons.

Police have blocked the annual Orange parade past Ardoyne since 2013, when Orangemen and their supporters rioted for hours. The anti-Catholic group has mounted a round-the-clock protest camp near the point of the blockade for the past two years.