Violence has risen again on the streets of Northern Ireland despite a request for peace.
A car has landed in Sperrin Park in the Waterside area of Derry, while violent incidents have been reported in the Carrickfergus, near Belfast, both sites have been the scene of violence and unrest among loyal communities in recent days.
The Northern Ireland Police Service (PSNI) previously asked community leaders to halt the anomalies that had surfaced over the past week.
On Sunday night, five police officers were injured after being thrown by oil bombs and masonry in Belfast, causing the total number of police to be injured in events in Derry and Belfast at the end. Easter week to 32 people
Over the past week, tensions in most of the union community have escalated into violent events, with oil bombs thrown at PSNI workers, dumpster bins and pallets set on fire.
On Monday, PSNI Ch Supt Davy Beck said police were prepared for another night of unrest. But I urge community leaders to halt the incident.
He said: “ Now, as we said, my officers are in those areas, they are working hard to serve those police. In terms of crime, whether it is in terms of road safety is in terms of concerns of others in the community.
“We are there and we are doing that. I will have more resources for me and I will respond to whatever may happen.
“But there is a chance to stop this. This is not necessarily the third problem night in the Cloughfern and Newtownabbey / Carrickfergus areas. I encourage influencers in those communities to stop this. ”
Ch Supt Davy said the attacks were “clearly prepared,” he added: “I believe there is a small group of unaffected criminal elements that are clearly involved in influencing young people.” And I urge the young people in those areas not to let this happen.
“I think it’s also fair to say there might be no coincidence for this. We have achieved that in these criminal gangs. So I think this might be a reaction from some people involved in crime. ”
Asked if he thought South Antrim UDA was behind the attack, he replied: “As I said, I believe this is an unaffected criminal gang and we will investigate that.”
On Monday night, a masked loyal band wandered the streets of Portadown, playing flute drums and waving flags.Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd condemned the march, which he said was intended to intimidate local communities.
A similar march took place in Markethill on Monday.It raised questions about whether the parade commissioner was informed of these incidents, as required by law.
Children as young as 12 were involved in some of the incidents that happened over the past weekend, police said.
Tensions have soared within loyalist communities in recent months as preparations for a post-Brexit deal claim to have created barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of Britain.
Fury rose further last week after a controversial decision not to prosecute 24 politicians Sinn Féin for attending a large Republican funeral during the Covid-19 restrictions.
All major unions have called for the resignation of PSNI Police Chief Simon Byrne, claiming he has lost confidence in the community.
Meanwhile, in County Antrim, recent drug arrests against southeastern Antrim UDA, a betrayal of the main group, have caused a particularly bad impression of police. The party is believed to have been behind the turmoil in Newtownabbey on Saturday.