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World Northern Ireland riots: Bus torched in more Belfast violence as British and Irish leaders call for calm

07:05  08 april  2021
07:05  08 april  2021 Source:   cnn.com

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.

Parts of Northern Ireland saw their sixth consecutive night of violence Wednesday as unionists and nationalists clashed with police and each other.

a man standing in front of a fire: Rioters clash at the Peace Gate at the Springfield Road/Lanark Way interface on April 7, 2021 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. © Charles McQuillan/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images Rioters clash at the Peace Gate at the Springfield Road/Lanark Way interface on April 7, 2021 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Unrest first broke out last week amid rising tensions relating to Brexit and unionist anger over a decision by police not to prosecute leaders of the Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein for allegedly breaking coronavirus restrictions during the funeral of a former leading IRA figure.

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.

In west Belfast on Wednesday, rioters clashed along the so-called "peace line" dividing predominantly unionist and nationalist communities, with police struggling to close a gate designed to separate the areas.

A bus was set on fire on Lanark Way near the junction with Shankill Road, police said. Photos and video from the scene showed youths on both sides of the gate throwing projectiles across, including petrol bombs.

In a statement, Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin condemned the violence and "attacks on police," adding the "only way forward is to address issues of concern through peaceful and democratic means."

"Now is the time for the two Governments and leaders on all sides to work together to defuse tensions and restore calm," Martin said.

Dramatic Pictures and Videos Show Worst Unrest in Northern Ireland Since Good Friday Agreement

  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.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was "deeply concerned by the scenes of violence" in Northern Ireland.

"The way to resolve differences is through dialogue, not violence or criminality," Johnson said on Twitter.

Tensions have been growing in Northern Ireland since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, creating the potential of a border between the British-ruled north and the Republican of Ireland in the south, which remains in the EU. The lack of a border had been seen as a key element of the post-1998 peace that followed three decades of sectarian violence.

Under the Northern Ireland Protocol of the Brexit withdrawal agreement, a de facto border was created in the Irish Sea, with goods entering Northern Ireland from mainland Britain subject to EU checks, a move which angered unionists, who have accused London of abandoning them.

Speaking to CNN, Democratic Unionist Party MP Sammy Wilson called for Johnson to "tear up the agreement which breaks up the United Kingdom, tear up the agreement which breaks up all the promises you made to the people of Northern Ireland."

UK PM urges calm as Belfast protesters hijack bus, attack police

  UK PM urges calm as Belfast protesters hijack bus, attack police UK PM urges calm as Belfast protesters hijack bus, attack policeBELFAST (Reuters) -Crowds of youths in a pro-British area of Belfast set a hijacked bus on fire and attacked police with stones in the latest of a series of nightly outbreaks of violence that began last week.

Last month, the Loyalist Communities Council (LCC), a grouping of unionist paramilitaries, said it was withdrawing its support for the Good Friday Agreement which ended the Troubles.

While the LCC said opposition would be peaceful, the letter said the groups would not rejoin "until our rights under the Agreement are restored and the (Brexit) protocol amended to ensure unfettered access for goods, services and citizens throughout the United Kingdom."

LCC chairman David Campbell recently said: "it's very easy for matters to spiral out of control, that's why it is essential for dialogue to take place."

Writing on Twitter late Wednesday, Mary Lou McDonald, an Irish lawmaker and leader of Sinn Fein, said: "a united voice for a halt to all violence and for the restoration of calm is the only acceptable stance from all political leaders. The attacks and intimidation must end."

Northern Ireland: Unionists and Republicans condemn the Violence .
© 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.

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