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Militants in N. Ireland Restricted

September 20, 2001

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BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) _ Six anti-Catholic militants charged with fighting with police were ordered by a court Thursday to stay away from protests outside a Belfast elementary school.

Protestants who live beside the Catholic girls school in Ardoyne in north Belfast have shouted curses and sometimes thrown stones and bottles at Catholic parents and their children since the school year began Sept. 3.

At Belfast Magistrates Court, policemen testified that all six were videotaped fighting with officers when the protests started. All were charged with fighting, and one was also charged using a golf club as a weapon.

Each was freed on bail of $600 on condition they stay away from the protests.

A 17-year-old Protestant who was also arrested Wednesday at the protests was expected to appear in a juvenile court next week on similar charges.

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