Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Riots in Belfast: the battlefield of a divided society

A peace agreement among politicians does not mean that social conflicts are actually resolved. Shots rang through the night, more than 500 partially masked youths threw another petrol bombs and missiles, a press photographer was wounded at the leg: Protestant and Catholic young people have a confrontation in the night on this Wednesday in the east of the Northern Irish capital Belfast.

Dozens of masked members from Ulster Volunteer Force, an underground Protestant Association, attacked a small Catholic enclave living on the edge of the predominantly Protestant east side of Belfast.

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