Several police officers were injured during a protest in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Emergency services were pelted with stones, crackers and bottles.
Several police officers were injured during a protest in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Simon Walls of the Northern Ireland Police Service said Friday evening that emergency services were pelted with stones, crackers and bottles. Fifteen police officers were injured in Belfast and 12 in Londonderry. Seven people were arrested.
According to the BBC, there was unrest around a square in Belfast in the evening, where about 100 so-called believers – supporters of Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom – gathered to protest. In other parts of Northern Ireland, in the city of Londonderry, there have been several days of attacks on police officers on several consecutive evenings.
Northern Ireland Minister Brandon Lewis condemned Saturday’s violence as “completely unacceptable”. “Violence is never the answer. It has no place in our society,” Lewis said. Representatives of the pro-British trade unions and the nationalist party Sinn F உள்ளin, who are committed to a united Ireland, called for calm. However, Sinn Fன்in politician Paul Maskie criticized the unionists for increasing political tensions through their rhetoric.
Over the past few days, members of Sinn F கொண்டனர்in have attended the funeral of a former leading member of the IRA terrorist movement last year, sparking controversy that it may have ignored corona rules.