Northern Ireland leaders set aside quarrels to push the end of violence


Belfast — Northern Ireland’s shared power government to appeal for calm after more than a week of nighttime violence, partially fueled by frustration among pro-British union members over trade barriers after Brexit I set aside the difference between the factions on Thursday.

Hundreds of young people in Belfast, the British capital, were hijacked on a bus that revived decades of sectarian struggles that claimed the lives of about 3,600 people before the 1998 peace agreement. He lit the fire and attacked the police with stones.

Recent violence injured 55 police officers and arrested boys aged 13 and 14 on suspicion of riots.

“We are all seriously concerned about the scene we all witnessed in our city,” said a compulsory coalition led by rival pro-Ireland Catholic nationalists and pro-British Protestant members.

“Our political position is very different on many issues, but we are united in our support for law and order, and we have put together our support for the police,” the statement added. I did.

Riot seen near a burning car "Peace wall" Gate to Lanark Way as protests continue in Belfast
Riots can be seen near burning cars at the “Peace Wall” gate to Lanark Way as protests continue in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on April 7, 2021. (Jason Keandaf / Reuters)

British Northern Ireland Minister Brandon Lewis was visiting the state for talks, according to a BBC broadcaster. In the south, the Irish government urged state leaders to come together after blaming each other for several days.

Irish nationalist Sinn Féin and others have fueled hostilities against new trade barriers that Arlene Foster’s Democratic Unionist Party feels its supporters have wiped out part of Britain’s identity. I accused him of being there.

Checks and checks on some goods moving from the mainland UK to Northern Ireland as the state is now adjacent to the block via the EU member state Ireland after London left the European Union orbit earlier this year. Tariffs have been introduced.

Protest in Belfast
Irish nationalists are seen near the “Peace Wall” gate to Lanark Way as protests continue in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on April 7, 2021. (Jason Keandaf / Reuters)

Last week, DUP pointed out police’s decision not to prosecute the Sinn Féin party at last year’s large funeral, which violated COVID-19 regulations. They asked the Northern Ireland police chief to resign from the matter.

Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said many factors were the cause of anger, and the post-Brexit trade agreement was clearly one of them.

Foster said Thursday that it was not time to rehearse these discussions.

“It’s no exaggeration to say that we should all be well aware that when politics fails or is perceived as failing, those who fill the void bring destruction and despair,” she said. Told to.

“We cannot allow a new generation of young people to be sacrificed on the road or preyed on by those who prefer shadows to light.”

Protest in Belfast
Protesters can be seen at the “Peace Wall” gate to Lanark Way as protests continue in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on April 7, 2021. (Jason Keandaf / Reuters)

Police said Thursday that adults could have been applauding while young people were committing violent crimes.

Sinn Féin’s Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill said spreading problems to the interface between the unionist and Irish nationalist communities was a dangerous escalation and a miracle that no one died.

A large group of fireworks, bricks, late Wednesday from either side of Belfast’s so-called “peace wall”, which has divided the two communities in parts of the city since the so-called “trouble” began. I threw firebombs at each other. ..

Twenty-three years after the Good Friday Peace Accords, parts of the region are still deeply divided. Many nationalists want to unite with Ireland, but unionists want to stay in the UK.

The European Commission, which is in talks with the British government to ease some of the trade barriers, has accused violence.

“This needs to be stopped before anyone is killed or seriously injured,” added Ireland’s Coveney at the Irish national broadcaster RTE. “These are scenes that haven’t been seen in Northern Ireland for a long time, and many people thought they were left to history.”

By Jason Cairnduff. Additional reporting and writing by Padraic Halpin in Dublin.

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