In western Belfast on Wednesday, rioters clashed along the so-called line. The “peace line”, which is largely divided into communities, unions and nationalists by the police, attempted to shut down the gates designed to separate areas.
Police said a bus was set on fire on Lanark Way near the junction with Shankill Road.Photos and videos from the scene showed youths on both sides of the door throwing projectiles around, including oil grenades.
In a statement, the Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin condemned the violence and “Police attacks”
; and “the only way forward is to resolve concerns in peaceful and democratic means”.
“Now is the time when both governments and leaders in all areas must work together to ease tensions and restore peace,” Martin said.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he He was “deeply concerned about the scene of violence” in Northern Ireland.
“The solution to the difference is through conversation, not violence or crime,” Johnson said on Twitter.
Tensions have risen in Northern Ireland since Britain voted to leave the European Union, raising the possibility of a border between the British-ruled North and the southern Republic of Ireland, which remains in the European Union. The lack of borders is seen as a key component of the post-1998 peace, which followed three decades of sectarian violence.
Under the Northern Ireland Protocol of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, a de facto border was built in the Irish Sea by goods entering Northern Ireland from mainland England under European Union scrutiny, a furious move that accused London of abandoning. These things
Speaking to CNN, Sammy Wilson, MP Democratic Unionist MPs urged Johnson to “Tear up the pact that split the UK, tear the pact that destroys all the contracts you have with the Northern Irish people.”
Last month, the union’s military group Loyalist Communities Council (LCC) said it was withdrawing support for the Good Friday deal, which ended the issue.
While the LCC said the opposition would be at peace. But the letter said the groups would not join again. “Until our rights under the agreement are restored and the (Brexit) protocol has been revised to ensure unobstructed access to goods, services and people across the UK.”
LCC President David Campbell recently said: “It is very easy for matters to be out of control, that’s why negotiations are needed.”
Mary Lou Macdonald, Irish lawmaker and leader of Sinn Fein, wrote on Twitter, “The unified voice for stopping all violence and for the restoration of peace is the only stand that is accepted by the authorities.” All political leaders, attacks and The intimidation must stop. “
CNN’s Nic Robertson and James Griffiths contributed to the report.