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Belfast riot broadcast live on internet

Footage of a burning car being pushed towards police lines in north Belfast was broadcast live on Friday
Connla Young

VIOLENT scenes from a riot in north Belfast were beamed live across the world on Friday.

Thousands of people have viewed the footage of serious rioting which broke out in the Tiger's Bay area.

There were also clashes in the nearby nationalist area of New Lodge while loyalist youths in Coleraine blocked road with burning debris.

The loyalist violence has been linked to anger over the Northern Ireland Protocol and a decision not to prosecute Sinn Féin members who attended Bobby Storey's funeral last year.

Scenes from the north Belfast violence were broadcast live on the Ruptly YouTube channel on Friday.

The high quality footage, which runs to more than two hours, captured the large PSNI operation being put in place as well subsequent disorder.

Some of the most dramatic images showed a hijacked car, which had been set on fire, being pushed towards police lines by a group of masked men.

PSNI officers in riot gear can be seen looking on as the burning vehicle smashed into the front of a Land Rover.

The footage has so far been viewed more than 83,000 times.

Ruptly is a Russian video news agency and is a subsidiary of Russian state-controlled television network RT.

It regularly carries footage of flashpoints from across the globe.

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