London — Northern Ireland police and politicians pleaded calm on Monday after a third night of violence in which a Protestant youth broke out and killed police officers with brick and petrol bombs.
A rekindling will occur as tensions over post-Brexit trade rules in Northern Ireland increase and relations between the Belfast government parties that share Protestant and Catholic power worsen.
Northern Ireland police said police were attacked in Londonderry on Sunday night and were worried in two pro-British coalition areas near Belfast. Police said most of the people involved were teenagers.
Police officer Darin Jones “condemned meaningless and reckless criminal activity. [does] It only damages the community. “
The mayhem followed on Friday and Saturday in Belfast and London Derry (also known as Delhi) and the surrounding unionist areas, with cars firing and projectiles and petrol bombs thrown at police officers. According to police, 27 police officers were injured and eight were charged. The youngest is a 13-year-old boy.
The UK’s economic division from the European Union at the end of 2020 is a delicate political balance in Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK that identifies some as British and some as Irish. I shook.
The new UK-EU trade agreement imposes customs and border checks on some goods moving between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. This arrangement was designed to circumvent the check between Northern Ireland and Ireland, an EU member state. This is because the open border with Ireland helped support the peace process built on the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
The deal ended decades of violence involving Irish republicans, British supporters and British troops, killing more than 3,000 people. However, union members say the new check corresponds to the new border of the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and the rest of Britain.
The Democratic Unionist Party, which governs Northern Ireland jointly with the Irish nationalist party Sinn Féin, called for the abolition of the Brexit agreement.
Union members are also angry with police’s decision not to prosecute Sinn Féin politicians who attended the funeral of a former Irish Republican commander in June. The Bobby Story funeral attracted a large number of people, even though coronavirus rules prohibit large gatherings.
Major union parties demanded the resignation of the Northern Ireland police chief over the controversy, claiming that he had lost credibility in their community.
Mark Lindsay, chairman of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, said the “political atmosphere” was used as an excuse for violence organized by banned paramilitary organizations.
“Older and more sinister elements use young people and children … to achieve their goals,” Lindsay told the BBC Radio.