BORIS Johnson tonight condemned the violence once again engulfing the streets of Northern Ireland after a bus was burned and police stoned.
The Prime Minister tweeted that he was “deeply concerned” as hundreds of people continued to riot in the streets of Belfast.
PSNI said the bus was laid down after being bombed with gas at the junction of Lanark and Shankill Street in western Belfast.
It was one of a number of violent incidents that took place on the peaceful streets linking loyal Shankill Street with nationalist Springfield Road.
Writing on Twitter, Johnson said: “I am deeply concerned by the violent scenes in Northern Ireland, especially the attacks against PSNI, who are protecting the public and the business, attacks on an Bus driver and journalist assault.
“The way to resolve differences is through dialogue, not violence or crime.”
It came after several unsettled nights in loyal communities amid tensions over the Northern Ireland Protocol on Brexit and PSNI’s handling of alleged coronavirus violations by Sinn Fein at the funeral. Bobby Storey republic.
Stones were thrown at police while a press photographer was assaulted nearby.
Then the gate of the road of peace on Lanark Way opened, leading to clashes between loyalists and nationalists.
Footage on social media showed gas bombs being thrown from both sides of the wall.
First Secretary Arlene Foster condemned the attacks on Twitter, saying: “There is no justification for violence. It is wrong and should be stopped.”
Later, she added: “This is not protest. This is destructive and attempted murder. These actions do not represent unionism or loyalty.
“They are a shame for Northern Ireland and are only intended to take away the concentration of the real criminals in Sinn Fein. My thoughts are with the bus driver.”
First Vice-Minister and Sinn Fein Vice President Michelle O’Neill said: “Tonight’s embarrassing crime scenes include a potentially lethal attack against a bus driver and assault journalist.
“There should be clear condemnation and the protests should be stopped immediately – the police need help, not politics.”
This is not protest, this is destructive and attempted murder, these actions do not represent unionism or loyalty.
First Minister Arlene Foster
Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon described the bus attack as “pathological”.
“Attackers on their communities and their public services are not achieving results, and if this doesn’t stop, it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed,” she said. “.
“Tonight is extremely sorry, Translink has had to suspend a number of services in Belfast due to constant disturbances.
“Fortunately no one was injured in this incident, but the people responsible for this attack, and the ongoing attacks on the police, need to be stopped and stopped now.
“I call for calm and call on those who are destroying their communities and those who blow the fire to end this recklessness before someone is seriously injured or killed.”
Videos circulated online showed a bus bombed with gas bombs and broken windows where a crowd had gathered.
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Translink Metro says it has withdrawn all services into the area until further notice due to the closure of the road, as well as services east of Belfast.
A crowd of about 500 people, mostly adults, gathered at the corner of the intersection at Lanark Way as the events unfolded.
Further down the road, a campfire was lit, where a crowd of about 100 people, mostly young people, was gathered.
The Stormont conference is scheduled to be re-convened on Thursday morning to proceed with an urgent debate following days of violence.
The riots and attacks on police have been going on continuously throughout the past week and are now resuming after a lull on Tuesday.
Police were attacked during another violent night in several loyalties on Monday.
Nine officers have been injured in Ballymena, up to 41 have been injured by disorder across Northern Ireland since last Friday night.