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Post-Brexit conflict sparks 6 days of violent protests in Northern Ireland – Prime Time Zone

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Protestant union members are feeling betrayed by the UK; protesters set cars on fire and fired explosives at the police, injuring at least 41 officers

Reproduction Twitter Oxford DiplomatLocal media indicate gang involvement during protests in several cities in Northern Ireland

A northern Ireland experienced its sixth consecutive day of violent protests on Wednesday, with cars being set on fire and protesters throwing explosives at the police. At least 41 agents were injured during the clashes. The wave of manifestations is related to the Brexi: while the Republic of Ireland remains part of the European Union, Northern Ireland left the bloc along with the rest of the UK. The problem is that while England, a Scotland it’s the Wales are on the same island, Northern Ireland is on another neighboring island, which it shares with the Republic of Ireland. Initially, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised that there would be no customs control at sea borders between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom, but that is not really happening. The result is that Protestant union members, traditionally loyal to the British government, are feeling betrayed by having harmed trade. Catholic nationalists, who prefer Northern Ireland to separate from the United Kingdom and return to the economic bloc, are having their arguments reinforced. Through his Twitter profile, the prime minister said he was concerned about scenes of violence. “The way to resolve differences is through dialogue, not violence or criminality,” added Johnson.

The unrest began on 29 March in Londonderry, which is largely supportive of maintaining Northern Ireland as part of the United Kingdom. Since then, there have been demonstrations in the cities of Carrickfergus, Ballymena and Newtownabbey, but especially in the capital Belfast, which brings together both Protestant unionists and Catholic nationalists. British television broadcaster BBC adds that there are indications of the involvement of criminal gangs and that the protests may also be related to discontent with the government over the funeral of a former intelligence chief of the IRA, Bobby Storey, in June last year. The event attracted two thousand people and violated regulations to prevent the spread of Covid-19, including the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill.

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