Northern Ireland Protests: Boris Johnson Is Worried!
A bus was set on fire during the protests which started last week in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland.
During the incidents where a photojournalist was attacked, the supporters of the unit who attacked the police with stones also clashed with the separatists, while many police officers were injured due to stones thrown.
It was stated that the incidents took place near Shankill Road, which separates the two sides and is known as the “wall of peace”.
PRIME MINISTER JOHNSON IS CONCERNED
“Violence in Northern Ireland, especially the attacks on the police protecting the public and businesses, the attack on a bus driver and a journalist, deeply worried me,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said about the protests on his Twitter account.
Johnson stated that the way to resolve differences is through dialogue, not violence.
THE IRELAND PROBLEM
Northern Ireland, which constitutes the remaining part of England from the first colony of the British empire, was the scene of conflicts and terrorism between Catholic separatists and Protestants who were pro-unity with Britain from the 1960s to 1998. Around 3,500 people lost their lives in terrorist incidents in the years that spanned 40 years and were called “Problems”.
It was only when the island came to rest with the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, that it was agreed to establish a regional government in Northern Ireland based on the partnership of the conflicting parties. The texts, also known as the Belfast Agreement, form the basis of the regional administration in place today in Northern Ireland.
Despite more than 20 years after the peace agreement, trust has not been fully established among the people of the region and protests continue to occur.