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Northern Ireland’s leaders set aside the quarrels to urge an end to the violence


© Reuters. Demonstration in Belfast


By Jason Cairnduff

BELFAST (Reuters) – Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government set aside sectarian differences Thursday to call for calm after more than a week of nightly violence partly fueled by disappointment. UK supporters of post-Brexit trade barriers.

Hundreds of young men in the British province’s capital Belfast set fire to set fire on a robbed bus and assaulted police with stone on Wednesday while reviving memories of sectarian conflicts over decades have been killed about 3,600 people before the 1998 peace agreement.

The latest violence caused 55 police injuries and 13 and 14-year-old boys arrested on riot charges.

“We were deeply disturbed by the scenes we all saw on our streets,” the forced coalition, led by pro-Irish Catholic nationalists and people according to pro-British Protestants said.

“Although our political stance varies widely on many issues, we all unite in favor of law and order and we are generally in favor of policy,” its statement said. more.

BBC Television said that the British Minister in charge of Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis went to the province to negotiate. In the south, the Irish government urged the provincial leaders to come together after days of blaming each other.

Irish nationalists Sinn Fein and others have accused Minister Arlene Foster’s Democratic Union Party of blowing hostile actions when they objected to new trade barriers that advocates for. they feel part of their UK identity.

After London left the European Union (EU) orbit earlier this year, customs and duties were imposed on certain goods moving from the British mainland to Northern Ireland as the province is currently bordered. with this bloc through the EU member Ireland.


DUP indicated last week’s police decision not to prosecute Sinn Fein for a major funeral last year that violated COVID-19 regulations. They called on the Northern Ireland sheriff to resign from the incident.

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said a number of factors were the cause of the anger and the post-Brexit trade deals were clearly one of them.

On Thursday, Foster said it was not the time to rehearse those arguments.

“It is safe to say that we should all know well that when politics fail or are perceived as failure, those filling the void will bring destruction and despair,” she told the district council area where the clash has been called back to discuss the clash.

“We cannot allow a new generation of ours to fall victim to that path or be hunted down by some who prefer darkness over light.”

Police said on Thursday that in some cases adults stood clapping while young people committed violent crimes.

Sinn Fein’s First Vice-Minister Michelle O’Neill said the spread of trouble to an interface between nationalist and Irish communities was a dangerous escalation and it was a miracle for no one. died.

Large groups threw fireworks, bricks, and petrol bombs at each other late on Wednesday from either side of one of Belfast’s so-called “peace walls” that divided the two communities into areas of the city. since the so-called “Trouble” started.

Parts of the region remain deeply divided 23 years after Good Friday’s peace agreement. Many nationalists wanted unification with Ireland while the trade unionists wanted to stay in the UK.

The European Commission, in talks with the British government to try to reduce some of trade barriers, condemned the violence.

“This needs to be stopped before someone is killed or seriously injured,” added Coveney of Ireland on Irish national broadcaster RTE. “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 attributed to history.”

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



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