Violence in Northern Ireland over flag Lady Zee what are your thoughts

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BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland police used water cannons to fend off brick-hurling protesters in Belfast on Saturday as violent demonstrations over flying the British flag stretched into a third straight day.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said it was investigating reports that a number of shots were fired at police lines. A 38-year-man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, police said.

More than 1,000 demonstrators marched on Belfast's city hall earlier Saturday afternoon amid a heavy police presence. While the rally passed largely without incident, police then came under attack from a mob of more than 100 people hurling bricks and fireworks. Two men were arrested, police said.

Protesters have been out in force — with sometimes violent results — since a Dec. 3 decision by Belfast City Council to stop flying the British flag year-round.

Such issues of symbolism frequently inflame sectarian passions in Northern Ireland, where Protestants mainly want to stay in the United Kingdom and Catholics want to unite with the Republic of Ireland.

Many Protestants want the council to reverse its decision about the flag, and dozens of police have been injured in ensuing demonstrations.

Saturday's flare-up followed a tense Friday night in Belfast when nine police officers were injured and 18 rioters arrested during rioting. Police said that more than 30 petrol bombs were thrown at officers, along with ball bearings, fireworks and bricks as they responded to clashes in Protestant sections of the city.

Similar clashes on Thursday saw 10 police injured in east Belfast.

The controversy has also seen death threats made against politicians.

http://news.yahoo.com/violence-northern-ireland-3rd-day-over-flag-164227056.html

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  • loch121loch121 Posts: 10,858 ✭✭✭✭✭
    SMFH you want confusion in your life
  • Ajackson17Ajackson17 God King Posts: 17,000 ✭✭✭✭✭
    BELFAST (Reuters) - Pro-British militant groups are instigating and exploiting the riots that have rocked the Northern Irish capital Belfast in the past month, a police officers' representative said on Sunday.

    The violence, which stems from Loyalist protests over the removal of the British flag over Belfast City Hall, is among the worst in the province since a 1998 peace accord ended three decades of sectarian conflict.

    Shots were fired at police on Saturday during a third successive day of street battles in which rioters attacked officers with petrol bombs, bricks and other missiles.

    Police said on Sunday that 70 people have been arrested, including a 38-year-old man on Saturday on suspicion of attempted murder over the shooting.

    Police had said that members of pro-British militant groups helped orchestrate and took part in the first wave of violence in early December. The Police Federation for Northern Ireland (PFNI) said the recent attacks showed this was now clearly the case.

    "What it quite clearly demonstrates is the fact that paramilitaries have hijacked this flags protest issue and they have now turned their guns on the police," federation chairman Terry Spence told BBC radio.

    "It is very clear that there are leading members of the UVF (Ulster Volunteer Force), who are exploiting this and are organising and orchestrating this violence against police officers who are out there trying to uphold the law and prevent anarchy on our streets."

    Both the UVF and Northern Ireland's other main loyalist militant group the Ulster Freedom Fighters ceased hostilities in 2007 and decommissioned their stocks of weapons following the signing of the peace deal.

    At least 3,600 people were killed in the 30 years of violence as Catholic nationalists seeking union with Ireland fought British security forces and mainly Protestant loyalists determined to remain part of the United Kingdom.

    In scenes that recalled that earlier strife, pro-British loyalists began rioting in early December after a vote by mostly nationalist pro-Irish councillors to end the century-old tradition of flying Britain's Union flag from the city hall.

    "NO STOMACH FOR THIS"

    Analysts said that although the violence was worrying, the small numbers of protestors indicated they might unable to develop any strength.

    "Clearly the violence is a step up in terms of what's happened more recently but they're simply not getting people out on the street," said Peter Shirlow, a professor at Queen's University who has spoken with 0protestors in recent days.

    "Protestants are annoyed about the flag but they're even more annoyed about the violence. There's no stomach for this, that mass mobilisation is just not there anymore."

    The police federation's Spence said however it was the most challenging time for police in a decade.

    Militant nationalists, responsible for the killings of three police officers and two soldiers since an increase in tensions from 2009, have also not reacted violently to the flag protests, limiting any threat to the 15 years of peace.

    The British-controlled province's first minister, Peter Robinson, said on Friday that rioters were playing into the hands of nationalist groups who would seek to exploit every opportunity "to further their terror aims".

    The moderate nationalist Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) party said on Sunday that shots were fired using a ball-bearings gun at the house of one its councillors in Belfast, shattering windows.

    (Writing by Padraic Halpin in Dublin; Editing by Angus MacSwan)
    http://news.yahoo.com/north-irish-paramilitaries-hijacking-flag-protests-police-federation-155454915.html

    Pro-British???
  • Ajackson17Ajackson17 God King Posts: 17,000 ✭✭✭✭✭
    loch121 wrote: »
    SMFH you want confusion in your life

    Why do you believe I want confusion in my life?
  • Ajackson17Ajackson17 God King Posts: 17,000 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Lady_Zee wrote: »
    The British are protesting about a flag that shouldn't be in Ireland anyway.

    Pack of scumbags.
    Like I said, white British people are evil, their ancestors were and they continue to be.

    ... It's just a matter of time before the IRA have to sort this out.

    Is it the british elite or its the commoners that are evil?
  • usmarin3usmarin3 Posts: 35,633 ✭✭✭✭✭
    PRIDE and TITLES are the worst shit ever, whether it's based on ethnocentrism, race, or religion.
    Ajackson17ILL_AnversMuhannadWild Self
  • gnsgns It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men Posts: 15,208 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Lady_Zee wrote: »
    The British are protesting about a flag that shouldn't be in Ireland anyway.

    Pack of scumbags.
    Like I said, white British people are evil, their ancestors were and they continue to be.

    ... It's just a matter of time before the IRA have to sort this out.

    I could've sworn that the rioters were irish?
  • gnsgns It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men Posts: 15,208 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I gotchu.....they still Irish though.

    Top of the morning to you and your girls Lady Zee.
    Lady_Zee
  • DarthRozayDarthRozay Posts: 18,167 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @lady_zee you protestant or catholic?
  • Ajackson17Ajackson17 God King Posts: 17,000 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Lady_Zee wrote: »
    dont really give a shit whats happens to shitty ireland or europe itself for that matter.

    Then why come into a thread made by AJackson with 'Northern Ireland' in the title?
    Were you expecting something different? lol.

    Thank You Zee. They really want to add their two cents when they don't even have two cents in their pockets or mind.
  • Ajackson17Ajackson17 God King Posts: 17,000 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I got Irish in my blood, so I care about the state of Ireland and I have a lot of Irish buddies.
    Osirus_JenkinsStew
  • Karl.Karl. Posts: 5,055 ✭✭✭✭✭
    The IRA are filthy terrorist cowards. They should all burn in hell.
    Ajackson17MuhannadLady_ZeeDirty Sanchez
  • Ajackson17Ajackson17 God King Posts: 17,000 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Karl. wrote: »
    Ajackson17 wrote: »
    I got Irish in my blood, so I care about the state of Ireland and I have a lot of Irish buddies.

    You should really know the difference between Ireland and Northern Ireland then.

    Just found out, now really looking into.
    VIBE
  • Ajackson17Ajackson17 God King Posts: 17,000 ✭✭✭✭✭
    That's why I asked Zee to teach me about Ireland.
    rip.dillaVIBE
  • SneakDZASneakDZA Just a guy Posts: 8,259 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Lady_Zee wrote: »
    The British are protesting about a flag that shouldn't be in Ireland anyway.

    Pack of scumbags.
    Like I said, white British people are evil, their ancestors were and they continue to be.

    ... It's just a matter of time before the IRA have to sort this out.

    you guys should start blowing up cars again.
    Karl. wrote: »
    The IRA are filthy terrorist cowards. They should all burn in hell.

    zee - rebuttal?
    LUClEN
  • PurrPurr The BBW of your dreams. Lubuit te cognitione cognoscentes. Videre, deinceps vita.Posts: 29,862 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Off topic:

    But I love angela's ashes... I read it while chillin in barnes n nobles and I boughr it. Its a real tear jerker. Lawd.
    Ajackson17KaiLUClENgnsElzo69Renaissance
  • SneakDZASneakDZA Just a guy Posts: 8,259 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Karl - you just got hit with a stray potato. What say you?
    Ajackson17Karl.
  • Ajackson17Ajackson17 God King Posts: 17,000 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Lady_Zee wrote: »
    Ajackson17 wrote: »
    That's why I asked Zee to teach me about Ireland.

    If you look up Irish history you'd learn to hate the British too.
    Potato famine, plantation, Irish slavery and then of course 'the troubles'.
    Should make for interesting reading for you if you want to learn.

    About to look up some books on Irish history
  • Lurker6Lurker6 Posts: 4,058 ✭✭✭✭✭
    soft white boobs..
    this is all i have to add to this topic
    CainDirty Sanchez
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