For over a week Northern Ireland has been facing some of its worst violence since the troubles leaving 70 police officers injured in the escalating clashes.
In Northern Ireland, riots and clashes with police continue following Brexit. pic.twitter.com/OBU6OFgTFX
— Ali Özkök (@Ozkok_A) April 8, 2021
The clashes started with loyalists rioting, attacking police, throwing petrol bombs, and high jacking buses before setting them on fire. Those out on the streets have often been children and many times they were egged on by adults. Loyalist youths also clashed with Irish Republican youths.
More scenes from Belfast of actual ADULTS/PARENTS from the Loyalist community standing clapping and cheering the younger generation and directing them to the interface to riot, where the bus was hijacked and set on fire.
This is Belfast, Northern Ireland 2021, what a joke. pic.twitter.com/0pBrV8aW25
— Conor George (@iAmConorMc) April 7, 2021
Protestant pensioners have also been attacked by Republican youths in Tigers Bay as well as the clashes show no sign of stopping.
Scores of youths from catholic New Lodge area run from Tigers Bay after attacking the homes of elderly protestant pensioners across the interface @stephennolan @EmmaVardyTV @BBCmariamc @skydavidblevins @Tracey_utv pic.twitter.com/2WJ6HrSRYl
— Ulster Troubles Archive (@UlsterTroubles) April 9, 2021
The public prosecution service in Northern Ireland refused to prosecute the Irish Republican Sinn Fein politicians who broke Covid regulations attending ex IRA Intelligence Chief Bobby Storey’s funeral. Under the Covid regulations Sinn Fein helped to draw up funerals were limited to a couple dozen but Bobby Storey’s funeral was attended by 2,000 members including Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill.
Anger has been massive in British loyalist communities in Northern Ireland over the Brexit deal reached which saw Boris Johnson agree to a defacto border on the Irish sea leaving Northern Ireland in the EU customs arrangement while Scotland, England, and Wales were not.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson unsurprisingly lied about not having a border anywhere in the UK with Northern Ireland but Irish Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar also had threatened Republican violence in the event that the agreement on the Northern Ireland protocol as it is today wasn’t reached.
So basically Unionists have to endure an Irish Sea border and see their democratic rights established under the Good Friday Agreement removed, because @LeoVaradkar makes threats of Republican violence. pic.twitter.com/7yjEMqZ189
— Northern Ireland Centenary 2021💯 (@NICentenary2021) April 10, 2021
The major loyalist group Loyalist Community Council (LCC) has called for the renegotiated border protocol with the Republic of Ireland. In a major largely unreported development the LCC withdrew its support for the Good Friday Agreement which saw a power sharing agreement between loyalist and republican parties in Northern Ireland. The LCC represents the different paramilitaries which during the troubles had been the counter to the IRA.
Politicians loyalist and republican as well as the British and Irish governments have condemned the violence and called for calm but it is unlikely things will calm due to the two tier policing system and the Northern Ireland protocol in the Brexit deal.
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