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Youths watch as the Irish flag is burned on a giant bonfire made from pallets and old tyres on a Loyalist estate, Belfast Northern Ireland.The bonfires which are seen by the Protestant community as a celebration of loyalist culture in the province are lit on the eve of 12 July, which is the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne at which the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James in 1690. The festival causes outrage in the nearby republician and Catholic areas of the city.