Stand-off: PSNI attacked while trying to remove bonfire
Bricks and bottles were thrown as police moved in to assist in the removal of a bonfire in north Belfast last night.
The bonfire, in the New Lodge area, was intended to be lit to mark the anniversary of the introduction of internment in 1971.
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Police pulled out of the area following a stand-off with republican youths.
In a statement, a PSNI spokesman said officers were in attendance at Queens Parade in the New Lodge area of North Belfast to support contractors sent in by the landowner to remove a bonfire from the road.
Scores of PSNI officers departed the estate at speed amid a hail of missiles fired by the young people.
The estate was later barricaded using metal fencing while teenagers held their hands up in triumph from atop the anti-internment pyre.
The New Lodge is a mainly nationalist area dominated by decades-old public housing blocks. The bonfire is made of wooden pallets and has an tricolour on top.