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Sport Northern Ireland: Unionists and Republicans condemn the Violence

17:55  08 april  2021
17:55  08 april  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

N Ireland sees 3rd night of unrest amid post-Brexit tensions

  N Ireland sees 3rd night of unrest amid post-Brexit tensions LONDON (AP) — Police and politicians in Northern Ireland appealed for calm on Monday after a third night of violence that saw Protestant youths start fires and pelt officers with bricks and gasoline bombs. The flareups come amid rising tensions over post-Brexit trade rules for Northern Ireland and worsening relations between the parties in the Protestant-Catholic power-sharing Belfast government. The Police Service of Northern Ireland said officers were attacked in Londonderry on Sunday night, and there was also unrest in two pro-British unionist areas near Belfast. Police said most of those involved were teenagers.

  Irlande du Nord: unionistes et républicains condamnent ensemble les violences © nionist and Republicans from the Northern Local Government of the Northern Ireland

have condemned over Thursday the violence "completely unacceptable and unjustifiable" that shook together The British Province in recent days, in a context of tensions exacerbated by the Brexit . Fire broods in Northern Ireland since the exit of the United Kingdom of the European Union, whose consequences create a feeling of betrayal among unionists attached to the British Crown.

These tensions have resulted in a week of riots resulting in jets of projectiles and burned vehicles, mainly in protesting loyalist areas, having made more than 50 wounded within the police.

They make the spectrum of the three bloody decades from the "dispersal" between Republicans, mainly Catholics supporters of reunification with Ireland, and Protestant Unionists, who made 3,500 dead until the peace agreement of 1998.

Bus burned in Belfast amid rioting and growing Irish discontent

  Bus burned in Belfast amid rioting and growing Irish discontent Gasoline bombs were hurled by rioters and set a bus on fire in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Wednesday night, in violence that started last week. © Provided by Washington Examiner Demonstrators threw the bombs and projectiles across both sides of a concrete "peace wall" separating parts of the community populated by unionist and nationalist supporters, according to police. Many pro-unionists reportedly feel betrayed by the British government amid the post-Brexit world, feeling the effects of new trade arrangements.

"The destruction, violence and threats of violence are completely unacceptable and unjustifiable, whatever the concerns existing in the communities," said local leaders after an emergency meeting following a new night of violence in Belfast.

In a common statement, they called "seriously concerned" by incidents. "Our political positions diverge on many points, but we are all united in our support to the law and order," they added, calling for "attacks against police, public services and communities".

"Political Solutions"

last week, violence had first exploded in the city of Londonderry, before winning a Loyalist Belfast neighborhood and the surroundings of the North Irish capital during the Easter weekend.

In the night on Wednesday on Thursday, a crowd up to 600 people gathered in the Lanark Way area, in the west of Belfast, according to the police.

Northern Ireland sees three nights of violence as tensions build

  Northern Ireland sees three nights of violence as tensions build Violent clashes in Northern Ireland erupted over the weekend amid increasing tensions in a region historically plagued with sectarian violence. © Peter Morrison/AP A man walks past a burning car that was hijacked by Loyalists at the Cloughfern roundabout in Newtownabbey, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Saturday April 3, 2021. Masked men threw petrol bombs and hijacked cars in the Loyalist area North of Belfast. Loyalists and unionists are angry about post-Brexit trading arrangements which they claim have created barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

Vehicles were burned with a bus, and molotov cocktails were launched on both sides of metal barriers separating Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods.

"We had not seen any disorders for several years in Belfast and elsewhere," said a police officer, Jonathan Roberts. According to him, young people of just 13 or 14 years old were "encouraged" by adults.

policemen were injured, which has increased to 55 from the beginning of the clashes, as well as a bus driver and a press photographer. Several people were also arrested in recent days.

These violence were sentenced by British Prime Minister

Boris Johnson

, who according to the Agency Press Association dispatched to Belfast his Minister in charge of Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis, as well as by the Head of the Irish Government Micheal Martin and the European Commission.

The local parliament, reminded in full of Easter to discuss clashes, also condemned these violence. Speaking by videoconference, the Prime Minister Unionist (DUP) Arlene Foster stressed that "political problems require political solutions".

denouncing a "dangerous climb", his Deputy Prime Minister, the Republican of Sinn Fein Michelle O'Neill, accused the Loyalist paramilitary groups to encourage young adolescents to face the police.

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  Dramatic Pictures and Videos Show Worst Unrest in Northern Ireland Since Good Friday Agreement A bus was hijacked and set on fire in West Belfast on Wednesday as Northern Ireland has experienced a week of widespread unrest.A bus was hijacked and set on fire Wednesday in one of many instances of violence due to tensions mounting over Brexit and fueled by clashes between British protestant loyalist communities and Irish nationalist Catholics, according to the Associated Press, as they attacked each other and law enforcement.

The Minister of Justice Naomi Long, of the Centrist Party Alliance Party, she denounced the undefressed promises of the British

government on Brexit, saying to "sympathy for people here who feel betrayed".

Call for "dialogue"

The peace agreement signed in 1998 faded the border between the British province and the Republic of Ireland, but the Brexit came to weaken this delicate balance, requiring the introduction of customs controls between the Kingdom -Uni and European Union.

This solution - the North Irish protocol - found after grass negotiations, aims to avoid the return to a physical border on the island of Ireland by moving the controls in the North Irish ports. Despite a grace period to enable companies to adapt, the new provisions, which in fact maintain Northern Ireland in the Customs Union and the European single market, lead to disturbances in supplies.

Attacking tensions, the North Irish authorities decided not to pursue officials from the Republican party Sinn Fein who had attended the funeral of a former paramilitary leader despite the restrictions in force against coronaviruses.

08/04/2021 14:44:54 - Belfast (AFP) - © 2021 AFP

Northern Ireland government to meet as riots escalate .
Northern Ireland government to meet as riots escalateThe violence comes amid growing frustration among many pro-British unionists at new post-Brexit trade barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom that many warned could be a trigger violent protests.

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