Youth Role in Northern Ireland Riot “Deeply Concerned”: British Minister

Youth involvement in the riots in Northern Ireland is “tragic and deeply concerned,” the British minister said, calling for dialogue between communities in the state.

Brandon Lewis, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, said: House of Commons on Tuesday.

Brandon Lewis
Northern Ireland Secretary of State Brandon Lewis arrives at a cabinet meeting on September 1, 2020 in Downing Street, London. (Dan Kitwood / Getty Images)

Hundreds of young people in the British state experienced the worst violence last week when they attacked police with stones and Molotov cocktails in the state capital of Belfast.

by Latest update Eighty-eight police officers were injured during the violence by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

Lewis suggested that the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic and restrictions on the blockade of COVID-19 were due to the riots.

“People are frustrated a year after the coronavirus has challenged us all, especially in Northern Ireland, facing uncertainty about lifting blockade restrictions without a clear roadmap. We recognize how frustrating it was for the youth of Northern Ireland, “he says. Said.

Protest in Belfast
On April 8, 2021, rioters throw a burning bottle at police on Springfield Road as protests continue in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Jason Keandaf / Reuters)

He also acknowledged the dissatisfaction of the pro-British royalist community over the post-Brexit trade agreement that effectively built a customs border between Northern Ireland and the rest of Britain.

“We all know that there are strong political views that can be tense within and between communities. Concerns about the impact of the Northern Ireland Protocol, overlapping with broader questions about national identity. We recognize that there are concerns about political loyalty, and it comes at the time of economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic. “

But he emphasized that last week’s violence was “totally unacceptable” and that attacks on police officers were “totally blameable.”

“We all have to work together to resolve the tensions we are currently facing. Due to our continued involvement with stakeholders, including the Government of Ireland, I believe this is a common view. I know. The only way to resolve the difference is through dialogue, “he said.

Also on Tuesday, the Church Leaders Group (Ireland) Open letter We called on political leaders from Northern Ireland, Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland, and the European Union to work together to resolve the crisis.

Letters signed by leaders of the Irish Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Presbyterian Church, and the Methodist Church on the island gather politicians with a unified response to the tragic scene that was finally witnessed in our city. Spend a week urging us to renew our commitment to peace, reconciliation, and the protection of the most vulnerable. “

Reuters contributed to this report.