Belfast — A crowd of young people in Belfast’s pro-British region ignited a hijacked bus and attacked police with stones in the latest outbreak of a series of nighttime violence that began last week.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “deeply concerned” about the violence that recently injured dozens of police officers as protesters burned cars and threw Molotov cocktails at police.
Violence is a new trade barrier between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK due to Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, amid growing frustration among many in the pro-British union member community. happen.
The Pro-British Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) also pointed out police’s decision not to prosecute the Irish nationalist Sinn Féin at a large funeral last year that violated COVID-19 regulations.
The Sinn Féin party has accused the Democratic Unionist Party of agitating tensions in its firm opposition to the new trade deal and recently their call for the resignation of the local police chief.
Northern Ireland police say some of the violence was affected by “criminal elements” that helped coordinate the attack.
Wednesday’s violence occurred near Shankill Road in western Belfast, near the so-called “peace wall.” This wall separates the community from Falls Road, the home of Irish nationalists, where groups of young people also gather.
Walls and fences were built between the two communities to prevent conflicts between the 30 years of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland, which was largely over in the 1998 peace agreement.
“I’m deeply concerned about the Northern Ireland violence scene,” Johnson wrote in a Twitter post. “The way to resolve the difference is not through violence or crime, but through dialogue.”
Leaders of Northern Ireland’s largest political parties, Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist Party, both denounced violence, especially pointing out bus hijacking and attacks on Belfast Telegraph photojournalist.
“These actions do not represent unionism or loyalty. They are embarrassing for Northern Ireland,” he said. DUP leader Arlene Foster describes rival Sinn Féin as a “true law violator” in a Twitter post.