3 SEPTEMBER 1921, Page 2

Serious rioting broke out last Saturday and Sunday in the

poorer quarters of Belfast, where Orangemen and Sinn Feiners live side by side. It is probable' that Sinn •Fein " gunmen " were imported in 'order to promote the disturbances. The Protestant shipyard workers were apparently marked out as victims. On Tuesday several of them were shot -down, as they went to work or rammed home, by snipers .concealed in the houses. Armoured ears patrolled the streets, but the firing By both- Shin Feiners and Orangemen continued. Oh Wednes- day, at 'the Lord Mayor's request, the military authorities took charge of the city and 'the sniping then ceased. Fourteen persons were killed and more than a hundred wounded in the streets.