Despite calls to London, Dublin and Washington, new violence broke out in Northern Ireland on Thursday night, which was shaken by unprecedented commotion in recent weeks.
According to the French Press Agency, in Belfast, SWAT police faced Republican protesters and were injured by stones and Molotov cocktails in an attempt to prevent the masses from being forced to target union members.
The conflict that has not occurred since 1998 shook the British province for a week, during which time missiles flew towards law enforcement forces and vehicles caught fire, mainly in areas with a majority of Protestants.
To date, more than 50 police officers have been injured in the violence. In three decades, 3,500 people were killed in conflicts between Republicans (mainly Catholics who supported the unity of Ireland) and Protestant unionists (avid supporters of the United Kingdom).
Even during the day, when the British and Irish prime ministers demanded to remain calm, new violence broke out. Northern Irish leaders, unionists and Republicans all called on them to condemn “unacceptable” in the atmosphere of tension and dissatisfaction with Brexit. “Violence.
Before the special meeting of the local council, the Northern Ireland government composed of unionists and Republicans issued a joint statement condemning the completely “unacceptable and unreasonable” violence and calling for an end to “police, public service” And the government’s attack”. (Northern) Community”.
Boris Johnson, who sent Northern Ireland Minister Brandon Lewis to the scene, had a conversation with Irish Foreign Minister Michel Martin this afternoon.
Dublin emphasized that violence is unacceptable, and they called for calmness. “We must discuss and work hard to develop the institutions initiated by the Good Friday Agreement” (the agreement ended the conflict in 1998).
The White House also called for calmness and stressed that it was “concerned” about the violence. Joe Biden, who is proud of his Irish descent, has expressed concern about the impact of Brexit on peace in Ontario.
Resident Fiona McMahon (Fiona McMahon) said: “After the Good Friday Agreement, there is clearly peace and turmoil is deep-rooted, not just Brexit,” she added, “Prime Minister Boris Johnson There is nothing to do here.”
Brexit has weakened the fragile balance of the province by imposing customs controls between the UK and the EU.