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Man hurls garbage can at passing parade band in wild video: ‘Legendary’


Not everyone loves a parade.

An incident throughout the Twelfth Parade in Holyland — an Ulster Protestant celebration in Belfast, Northern Ireland — has gone viral after a spectator picked up the rubbish can from his front yard and threw it at a drummer in what appears to be the Bangor Protestant Boys Band as they marched down the road.

The whole band suddenly rushed the perpetrator, who then ran inside his home. But band members seemingly won the fight once they picked up a big trash can on the person’s property and threw it at — and smashed — his front window.

Two law enforcement officials jumped in and attempted to defuse the situation, which was captured in a 40-second clip on Twitter that has been viewed greater than 12 million times.

Members of Orange Order — a world Protestant fraternal group based in North Ireland — also waved the band members back to their places, in line with a report on Belfast Live.

An Irish man threw a trash can at a marching band in North Ireland on July 12.Twitter / @efaakelly

The band quickly swarmed the man and even threw another trash can at this window. The band quickly swarmed the person and even threw one other trash can at a window. Twitter / @efaakelly

Irish man throws garbage can at marching band in hilarious videoThe 46-year-old thrower was arrested for the incident.Twitter / @efaakelly

Officials arrested the 46-year-old man who began the encounter on various charges, including assault and disorderly behavior, reported Belfast Live.

The motivation for the incident may stem from a longtime feud between religious groups.

The reasoning behind the incident stems from a historical feud. The reasoning behind the incident may stem from a historical feud. Twitter / @efaakelly

“It was the Battle of the Boyne yesterday. A Protestant celebration of defeating the Catholic Jacobite Army on the twelfth July 1690,” one user said. “That is an Orange walk, and guy was clearly against it. Being a non-devout Christian, I do know there’s tension between Catholics and Protestants in NI.”

“The march are called the orange brigade, they’re pro English loyalist prodistants. The guy throwing the bun is a stout Catholic pro-Irishman,” one other user added. “The hatred between the 2 groups are legendary.”

Officials are reportedly investigating other participants.

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