More rioting in Belfast last night, probably the worst to date. Loyalist youths hijacked and burnt a bus while police were attacked with petrol bombs and other missiles. Again, the majority of the rioters were youths while the ringleaders lurked in the shadows. The violence is being orchestrated by loyalist paramilitaries intent on creating social and political instability.
This morning the Northern Ireland Assembly has been recalled from its Easter break to discuss the violence. They will, no doubt, all condemn it but that’s where the consensus will unfortunately end. Our First Minister has called for the resignation of the Chief Constable while nationalist politicians blame the First Minister and her party for creating the conditions whereby the disorder has been allowed to flourish.
It’s a muddle, a mess that would take me all day to explain so I will refer you to Google if it’s a rabbit hole you want to venture down. Thankfully none of the trouble is near us and I’m working from home this week so will be nowhere near the city. It’s depressing viewing, though. Our politicians should be united and focused in leading us out of the current lockdown as opposed to squabbling over age-old sectarian divisions.
I don’t like writing about the riots. I feel there are more constructive topics I could be concentrating on. But this is my country at a the moment and I believe it’s important to accurately represent what is going on here. I like to portray Northern Ireland in a positive light and it’s a great place to live or visit. But it has its dark side as all societies do. So here it is, warts and all. Welcome to my country.