In Northern Ireland, at least seven police officers were injured in the overnight riot.
The mob that triggered the riot was mainly composed of pro-Belfast young people. They kidnapped and set fire to the bus, and threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the police.Photographers on this list were also attacked Belfast Telegraph.
Videos circulating on social media showed that the bus caught fire and then burned completely.
The violence started last week in the city of Londonderry, and then spread to the capital Belfast and coastal areas during Easter weekend and Monday. In the past few days, protesters have set fire to cars and attacked police in various cities in Northern Ireland.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed deep concern about this.
Irish Foreign Secretary Simon Coveny said today: “We must stop street violence in Northern Ireland at night before killing anyone.” He urged unionists and nationalist leaders to work hard to resolve tensions.
After the riots escalated into conflict, successive attacks on the police and the burning of a hijacked bus, Kovini told Irish television station RTE: “It must be stopped before anyone is killed or seriously injured.”
He added: “These are scenes we haven’t seen in Northern Ireland for a long time. Many people think that these scenes have become history. I think a collective effort is needed to ease the tension.”
The escalation of violence was caused by pro-British unionists’ dissatisfaction with the new trade barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom, which was the result of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.
After deciding not to file a lawsuit against the 24 members of the Irish National Party Sinn Finn, tensions further intensified. The Irish National Party Sinn Finn attended the large funeral of the leader of the paramilitary leader of the Irish Republican Army, which violated coronavirus measures.
All the major trade union parties demand the resignation of Northern Ireland Police Chief Simon Byrne because they claim that he has lost the trust of the community.
After the Good Friday Agreement was reached 23 years ago, the conflict in Northern Ireland ended. The province is still divided into Irish nationalists, most of whom are Catholics, demanding unification with Ireland, while Protestant unionists want to keep Part of Britain.
Northern Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister Michel O’Neill said that Northern Ireland’s leaders, composed of representatives of Irish nationalists and trade unionists, will meet today to discuss the conflict.
O’Neill, a member of the Irish nationalist Sinn Fein, said on Twitter: “Those involved in violence, harm, manipulation of our youth and attacks on the police must be stopped.”