Pro-British rioters have again misbehaved in the Northern Ireland capital Belfast. A group of young people hijacked a bus and set it on fire. The police were also slammed with stones.
Belfast has been restless since last week. Cars are set on fire and dozens of police officers are injured. The pro-British rioters are angry at the customs border created after Brexit between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.
The Protestant Northern Ireland Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and the pro-Irish party Sinn Féin accuse each other of throwing oil on the fire. For example, the DUP says that rioters act out of frustration over the decision of the judiciary not to prosecute Sinn Féins party members for violating coronavirus rules at a major burial last year. On the contrary, Sinn Féin says that the attitude of the DUP towards the customs border creates problems.
British Prime Minister Johnson says he is “deeply concerned” about the outbreak of violence in Belfast on Twitter. “Especially about the attack on the police that protects the public and companies, the attack on a bus driver and that on a journalist. Disparities must be resolved by entering into dialogue, not by violence or crime.”