BELFAST (Reuters) – A crowd of youngsters in the pro-British area of Belfast set up a bus that was hijacked by fire and struck police with rocks in the latest violent incident that took place last week. already
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “deeply concerned” by the violence that injured dozens of police officers in recent days as protesters burned cars and threw petrol bombs at police.
The violence comes amid growing outrage among many in the British-backed trade union community over the new trade barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom as a result of Britain̵7;s departure. European Union
The Supportive British Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) also pointed to the police’s decision not to prosecute Irish chief Sinn Fein at last year’s large funeral, which violated COVID-19 rules.
Sinn Fein, on the other hand, has blamed DUP for causing tensions with a staunch opposition to the new trading deal and their claims in recent days for the region’s police chief to step down.
The Northern Ireland Police Department said some of the violence was influenced by the The “criminal element” that helps in the management of the attack.
Wednesday’s violence happened near Shankill Road west of Belfast, near what it called the The “Peace Wall” separates the community from the Irish nationalist stronghold at Falls Road, where a group of young people is gathered.
Walls and fences were built between the two communities to prevent clashes during three decades of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland, most of which ended with the 1998 Peace Agreement.
“I am deeply concerned about the violence scene in Northern Ireland,” Johnson wrote in a Twitter post. “The solution to the difference is through conversation, not violence or crime.”
The leaders of Northern Ireland’s largest political party, Sinn Fein and the DUP, have condemned the violence, in particular the hijacking of a bus and the attacks on photographers from the Belfast Telegraph newspaper.
“These actions do not represent union or loyalty. They humiliated Northern Ireland, “DUP chief Arlene Foster wrote in a Twitter post describing rival Sinn Fein as a” true lawbreaker “.
Reporting by Jason Cairnduff; Additional reporting by Amanda Ferguson; Written by Conor Humphries; Edited by Jonathan Oatis.