New night of riots in Northern Ireland (videos)

The incidents took place between a Catholic neighborhood and a Protestant.

DNew riots broke out in Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast on Wednesday evening, where a bus was set on fire. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “deeply worried” about these scenes of violence.

Police have been attacked, and homemade bombs have been thrown from both sides of the clashing militant camps. A bus was also set on fire. The incidents took place between a Catholic neighborhood and a Protestant.

The police asked the population to avoid several parts of the city where rallies were taking place. She also confirms that a photojournalist was assaulted, reports the BBC.

Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, has been experiencing a new surge in violence for several days. Forty police officers have already been injured during the Easter period. According to the security services, the participants in the riots are Protestant, loyalist activists who are also involved in drug trafficking.

The British Prime Minister added in his position on Twitter on Wednesday evening that “the way to resolve disputes is through dialogue and not violence or crime”.

Why this violence?

Tensions in Northern Ireland have grown over the past few days following a controversial decision not to prosecute 24 members of the Republican Sinn Fein Party, including Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill, for attending the funeral of a former Irish Republican Army (IRA) figurehead in June 2020, despite restrictions in place against the coronavirus.

But the violent rallies also come against a backdrop of growing discontent in Northern Ireland over the consequences of Brexit, fully implemented since January 1.

The Unionists, supporters of maintaining in the United Kingdom, reject the protocol negotiated between London and Brussels which introduces controls on goods arriving in Northern Ireland from Great Britain.


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