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Violence Erupts Again In N.Ireland Despite Pleas For Calm

Northern Ireland police faced Molotov cocktails and rock barrages on Thursday, AFP journalists said.

Republican riot police in the divided city were attacked by projectiles in an attempt to prevent the crowd from moving towards pro-British union members.





On April 3, a week of riots, a person stands in front of the flames of New Town Abbey.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin had previously sought to “calm down” after several days of violence, including a Molotov cocktail attack on a moving bus.

Martin and Johnson held a telephone conversation, emphasizing that “violence was unacceptable” and “sought to calm down,” the Irish leaders’ office said.

However, at dawn in Belfast, concerns arose on the Republican side of the capital, and their call was ignored.



Bass received incendiary in Belfast


Bass received incendiary in Belfast
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The riots of the past few days (the city’s worst anxieties in recent years) have arisen primarily from its unionist community, leading to joint criticism from political leaders in the British states.

Unionists are angry with the apparent economic turmoil of existing tensions between Brexit and the pro-Irish nationalist community.

“Our political position is very different on many issues, but we are all united in our support for law and order.”



Cleanup in progress at Belfast after another night of riots


Cleanup in progress at Belfast after another night of riots
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Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis visits Belfast to meet with leaders of major political parties, including union member Arlene Foster, Sinn Féin Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill, and supporters of faith and community. I was there.

He called the joint blame a “very clear statement,” adding that “there is no excuse for violence. Things need to move forward in appropriate democratic and political ways.”

In Washington, the White House also expressed concern about violence and urged it to calm down.



Bass received incendiary in Belfast


Bass received incendiary in Belfast
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Belfast's anxiety is the worst in the last few years


Belfast’s anxiety is the worst in the last few years
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In the turmoil on Wednesday, the gate was set on the “peace wall” (the wall that separates the pro-Ireland nationalist and unionist communities), and police were to attack each other with Molotov cocktails, missiles, and fireworks. He said crowds from both sides had broken through.

Jonathan Roberts, a temporary aide to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), said the scale and nature of the violence was unprecedented in recent years.

“The fact that it was inter-denominational violence and there were large groups on both sides … again not what we have seen for years,” he told reporters.



Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement Fact File


Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement Fact File
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According to Roberts, 55 police were injured in the six-night turmoil before Thursday, and a news photographer and bus driver bombed on Wednesday.

He said the 13-year-old child was suspected of being involved with adult encouragement, and the large number of Molotov cocktails used suggested “some advance planning.”

PSNI is investigating whether the infamous Paramilitary organization in Northern Ireland has been involved in the mayhem.

Northern Ireland endured a 30-year conflict between denominations that killed 3,500 people.

Unionist paramilitaries, British security forces, and armed nationalists seeking to integrate their territory with the Republic of Ireland fought until the groundbreaking peace agreement of 1998.

The agreement allowed union members and nationalists to coexist by obscuring the region’s status and eliminating border checks with Ireland, a member of the European Union.

But Britain’s 2016 vote to leave the EU has revived the need for border checks. A special “protocol” has been agreed, shifting control from the border to ports dealing with the British mainland, and many union members have accused them of betraying London.

Northern Irish officials decided not to prosecute Sinn Féin leaders for attending a large funeral of former paramilitary leaders last year, after apparently violating Covid’s restrictions. There was recent anger among them.

Few people wanted to discuss sensitive situations in central Belfast on Thursday.

“It’s deep-rooted, it’s not just Brexit,” said Fiona McMahon, 56, before adding that Britain’s departure from the EU had a “big impact.”

“The British do whatever they want, and we then land on everything,” she told AFP.

“I’m deeply concerned,” Johnson tweeted overnight, saying, “The way to resolve the difference is not through violence or crime, but through dialogue.”



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