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Clashes in Northern Ireland must be stopped before anyone is killed


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© Reuters. Demonstration in Belfast

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By Jason Cairnduff

BELFAST (Reuters) – Nightly street violence in Northern Ireland must stop before someone is killed, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Thursday, calling on political leaders and communities work together to relieve stress.

The region’s resolute government will hold an emergency meeting late on Thursday to be briefed on the overnight escalation of riot with sectarian clashes, constant attacks on the scene. killing and getting off a bus was robbed.

The violence comes as many pro-UK members are increasingly frustrated by new post-Brexit trade barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK that many warn could be the trigger for violent demonstration.

Coveney told national broadcaster RTE: “This needs to stop before someone is killed or seriously injured, and also describes the spread of violence to an interface between democratic communities. ethnicity and the Irish are “particularly troubling”.

“These are scenes we haven’t seen in Northern Ireland for a very long time, they are scenes that a lot of people think have been given history and I think it takes a collective effort to try. relieve stress. “

Large groups throwing fireworks, bricks and petrol bombs at each other from either side of one of Belfast’s so-called “peace walls” have divided the two communities in areas of the city since “Trouble “The violence started more than 50 years ago.

Parts of the region remain deeply divided according to sectarian lines, 23 years after a major peace agreement ended bloodshed. Many Catholic nationalists desire unification with Ireland while Protestants want to stay in the UK.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “deeply concerned” about the violence that injured dozens of police in recent days. Northern Ireland Police Federation President Mark Lindsay (NYSE :), at least seven officers were injured on Wednesday, told BBC Northern Ireland.

While Northern Irish politicians from all sides condemned the clashes, Irish nationalists and corporate opponents leading the coalition shared their coercive power to blame. together.

Sinn Fein and others have accused First Secretary Arlene Foster’s Democratic Union Party (DUP) of causing tension as they stubbornly oppose new trade barriers that many union members feel removed. part of their UK identity.

In turn, the DUP issued a police decision not to prosecute Irish nationalist Sinn Fein for a major funeral last year for violating COVID-19 regulations. They also called on the Northern Ireland sheriff to resign from the incident.

Coveney, who spoke to Britain’s Northern Ireland Minister about the violence late Wednesday, said a number of factors are intensifying divisions and polarization, and clear post-Brexit protocol agreements. is one of them.

Northern Ireland Justice Minister Naomi Long, a member of the Multi-Community Coalition Party, said: “I do not believe that a political void where we all speak separately rather than the same voice is ways to show leadership in our community, “told the BBC.

(Additional report and written by Padraic Halpin in Dublin; Edited by Toby Chopra and Nick Macfie)

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