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Irish prime minister warns of ‘going back’ to conflict amid Belfast uprising



Ireland’s Prime Minister Taoiseach Micheál Martin pleaded for peace on Saturday after a week of violent riots in Belfast, Northern Ireland, while officials alerted reports of children under 12 attending.

“We owe it from And, of course, the next generation will not return to the dark places of sectarian murder and political discord. Martin said in a statement on the April 10 anniversary of the Good Friday 1998 Agreement. Bringing peace to Northern Ireland after decades of bloody conflict.

But growing frustration over new protectionist measures between Northern Ireland and Britain after Brexit has sparked a week of unrest, with fierce clashes between nationalist and loyalist groups that have burned their cars and cars. And injured many police officers.

Religious leaders from across Belfast, Rev Tracey McRoberts, center and others met at the Forthspring Inter Community to chat and pray about the latest sectarian uprising last week in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 9th. April 2021
Religious leaders from across Belfast, Rev Tracey McRoberts, center and others met at the Forthspring Inter Community to chat and pray about the latest sectarian uprising last week in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 9th. April 2021
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Meanwhile, Northern Ireland’s juvenile commissioner Koulla Yiasouma said 12 and 13-year-olds were seen participating in the riots.

“What we have is that criminals control or coerce young people to deal with drugs, take part in criminal activities, and in there I will include street riots,” she told The Guardian.

Hijacked cars burn at the Peace Wall on Lanark Way as the uprising in West Belfast, Northern Ireland, on April 7, 2021.
Hijacked cars burn at the Peace Wall on Lanark Way as the uprising in West Belfast, Northern Ireland, on April 7, 2021.
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Justice Minister Naomi Long condemned the trend:


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