Why is this news?
In a burning double-decker bus, the police deployed a water cannon and stoned it, resulting in dozens of injured policemen… Northern Ireland has been turbulent recently, so that local politicians hope to solve this problem as soon as possible.
British Prime Minister Johnson and the White House of the United States have expressed concern about this. According to the police, this was the worst riot in several years, and surprisingly there were no serious casualties.
To understand why the riots are happening now, you also need to understand the history of Northern Ireland. There have been long-standing tensions between Catholics and Protestants in the region. They are certainly not friends.
For example, it is difficult for them to reach a consensus on where Northern Ireland should belong. It is currently the United Kingdom where many Protestants live. According to the Protestant Northern Irish, there is no problem at all. But the Catholic community would rather be part of Ireland, because this in turn is a more Catholic country.
In the past, the tension between the two groups was so great that each group even had its own military department. Protestant UDA and Catholic IRA.
In 1969, the quarrel between the two groups became so uncontrollable that there was a civil war in the area for several years: trouble. There are shootings, explosions and political murders almost every day. The British government is sending troops to calm the area, but this will only increase the fire.
One of the most famous lows in trouble is “Bloody Sunday” (yes, from the song). In one protest, the British army shot 26 unarmed protesters, 14 of whom did not survive. Most people were about 17 years old and were shot dead while fleeing the army.
In 1998, peace was reached with the so-called “Good Friday Agreement.” After that, it remained quiet for a long time.
Why is there another riot now?
This is actually related to two things. First: Brexit. Do you remember: the process of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union was complicated.
Since Brexit, Ireland is still part of the European Union, but the United Kingdom is no longer part of the European Union. The question is now back: where does Northern Ireland belong? Catholics still want Ireland, Protestants want Britain.
But this is not all. There are also a lot of troubles about national borders caused by Brexit. Since the UK has left the European Union (and also Northern Ireland), there must be a “hard border” between Ireland and Northern Ireland. However, if this limit is reached, it will only cause more controversy. Protestants say that because of such strict borders, Northern Ireland has become a small part of Britain.
The second reason why the riots broke out again was the funeral of a famous Catholic politician. Hundreds of people were invited to his funeral. They did not wear masks or keep their distance.
Last week, the police decided not to fine anyone who violated the corona discharge rules. The anger of the Protestants annoyed them, and they thought that the Catholics were dismissive of it.
Therefore, British Prime Minister Johnson has stated that he is very worried about violence and called for calmness. The Prime Minister of Ireland said that both Protestant and Catholic leaders should try their best to reduce tension and restore peace.
It remains to be seen how the situation continues. If the riots escalate further, for example, a person is killed, it may just be that the argument is completely out of control.