Northern Ireland obstacles for the second night in Brexit tensions

Cars were lit on Saturday, two consecutive chaotic nights in Northern Ireland’s pro-British region, and masked people hit police vans with Molotov cocktails as Britain’s post-Brexit tensions increased.

Many pro-British union members are fiercely opposed to new trade barriers introduced between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK as part of Brexit, and their anxiety can lead to violence. Is warned.

Political leaders, including the British Minister of Northern Ireland, appealed for calm early Saturday, but police said they were attending reports of the turmoil in Newtownabbey, a northern suburb of Belfast.

A video posted on Twitter by the Police Service of Northern Ireland showed that four masked individuals threw a Molotov cocktail at a close range on an armored police van, kicking and hitting it.

Fifteen police officers were injured in the Sandylow area of ​​Belfast on Friday when a small local protest turned into a riot. Police said the mobs attacked them with masonry, metal rods, fireworks, and manhole covers.

Injuries included burns, head injuries, and broken legs, and seven people were arrested and charged. Two of them were 13 and 14 years old. Twelve police officers were also injured in a riot in Londonderry on Friday.

Other parties accused Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Prime Minister Arlene Foster on Saturday of agitating tensions against a new trade deal.

“By their words and actions, they sent a very dangerous message to young people in the Loyalist region,” said a pro-Irish Sinn Féin member who shares the power of the Democratic Unionist Party and the delegated government. Jerry Kelly said in a statement. ..

Democratic Unionist Christopher Stalford said the riot “acted out of frustration” after prosecutors chose not to prosecute Sinn Féin for alleged violations of COVID-19 restrictions last week. It was.

The Democratic Unionist Party has called on the chief of police to resign from the matter.

Twenty-three years after the Peace Accords almost ended the 30-year bloodshed, Britain’s territories remain deeply divided along sectarian boundaries. Many Catholic nationalists aspire to unite with Ireland, but Protestant coalitionists want to stay in Britain.

Padrake Harbin