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EXPLAINER: What is behind the latest unrest in N Ireland?
LONDON (AP) — Young people have hurled bricks, fireworks and gasoline bombs at police and set hijacked cars and a bus on fire during a week of violence on the streets of Northern Ireland. Police responded with rubber bullets and water cannons. The chaotic scenes have stirred memories of decades of Catholic-Protestant conflict, known as “The Troubles.” A 1998 peace deal ended large-scale violence but did not resolve Northern Ireland’s deep-rooted tensions. A look at the background to the new violence:WHY IS NORTHERN IRELAND A CONTESTED LAND?Geographically, Northern Ireland is part of Ireland. Politically, it’s part of the United Kingdom.
Britain's prime minister has condemned another night of violence in Northern Ireland, after crowds threw petrol bombs and a bus was set on fire in Belfast.
The violence follows a week of rioting which some have suggested is the first evidence Brexit turbulence may be boiling into unrest in the British province, where post-EU rules are stoking fury among pro-UK sections.
Crowds gathered at Lanark Way in Belfast "where a bus has been set on fire", the Police Service Northern Ireland confirmed, advising people to avoid Springfield and West Circular roads.
UK PM's loose talk on Brexit reverberates in N.Ireland
In the febrile build-up to Britain's Brexit deal with the European Union, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said there would only be a trade border down the Irish Sea "over my dead body". Northern Irish justice minister Naomi Long, of the centrist Alliance Party, noted that Johnson and Lewis "denied the existence of borders, even as those borders were being erected".A de-facto border does exist, however, and what one minister called Johnson's "fantasy" promises to pro-UK unionists in Northern Ireland are back in contention after the territory was convulsed this month by its worst violence in years.
"The way to resolve differences is through dialogue, not violence or criminality," PM Boris Johnson tweeted late Wednesday.
He added he was "deeply concerned" by the scenes.
A set of gates on the Lanark Way peace line -- walls separating nationalist and unionist groups -- were also set alight, according to the BBC's Northern Ireland correspondent.
"Crowds of a few hundred on each side throwing petrol bombs over in both directions," she said in a tweet.
She added a local priest had attempted to stop the violence: "They all greeted him with a friendly 'hi father', then returned to hurling missiles."
The BBC said the arrival of police cars mostly halted the violence.
Translink Metro said bus services in the area had been suspended, Press Association reported.
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.
First Minister Arlene Foster said: "This is not protest. This is vandalism and attempted murder. These actions do not represent unionism or loyalism."
Northern Ireland endured 30 years of sectarian conflict that killed 3,500 people.
Unionist paramilitaries, British security forces and armed nationalists -- seeking to unite the territory with the Republic of Ireland -- waged battle until a landmark peace deal in 1998.
The accord let unionists and nationalists coexist by blurring the status of the region, dissolving border checks with fellow European Union member Ireland.
Following the shock 2016 Brexit result, a special "protocol" was agreed that shifted checks away from the land border.
Belfast in turmoil as Brexit stokes tensions in Northern Ireland .
Rioters waged a running battle with police in Belfast on Thursday night -- tossing petrol bombs, setting fires and dodging jets from water cannon as a week of unrest showed no sign of letting up. Hundreds of boys and young men gathered from early evening in a western neighbourhood in the Northern Ireland capital, which has been riven by violence over Brexit and domestic politics. Masked and in hooded tops, they hurled rocks, bricks and glass bottles at police barricades where riot officers formed ranks with armoured Land Rovers.Petrol bombs burst into flames in the street and fireworks were aimed into police formations, exploding and smothering their lines in thick smoke.