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Northern Ireland leaders seek calm after violence escalates

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Authorities in Northern Ireland are seeking to restore calm after Protestant and Catholic youths in Belfast hurled bricks, fireworks and gasoline bombs at police and each other. It was the worst mayhem in a week of street violence in the region, where Britain’s exit from the European Union has unsettled an uneasy political balance. Crowds including children as young as 12 or 13 clashed Wednesday across a concrete “peace wall” in west Belfast that separates a British loyalist Protestant neighborhood from an Irish nationalist Catholic area. Police Service of Northern Ireland Assistant Chief Constable Jonathan Roberts said the mayhem “was at a scale we have not seen in recent years.”

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