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United Kingdom: Olympic Torch Forced to Detour Protest

Date: June 6th, 2012 | No Comments

The traditional procession of the Olympic torch—ironically, a symbol of peace and diplomacy—was diverted from its course due to an anti-police demonstration in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. After a brief detour, the torch continued its passage, a relay that will cover all parts of the United Kingdom in a 10-week, 8,000-mile loop, culminating at the opening [read more]

Northern Ireland: Tensions Build as July 12 Approaches

Date: June 23rd, 2011 | No Comments

Police vehicles were attacked as violence continued for a second night in east Belfast June 21. The tensions boiled over from Monday from Short Strand, a small Catholic enclave in Belfast, where some 500 people were involved in violent street demonstrations that evolved from the Ulster Volunteer Force’s attack on homes with bricks, fireworks and [read more]

Northern Ireland: Tourism Officials Call Australia’s Travel Alert an Overreaction

Date: September 1st, 2010 | No Comments

Australia warned its citizens to be cautious about travel to Northern Ireland because of a series of bombings over the last month and rising sectarian strife. The warning addressed the possibility of being caught in violence directed at others or in demonstrations that become violent. The U.S. State Department’s notice on Northern Ireland also advises [read more]

Northern Ireland: Police Urge Stores to Check Security in Wake of Car Bomb

Date: December 9th, 2009 | No Comments

Police urged retailers across the province to review their security arrangements because of concerns that a dissident IRA faction might mount a Christmas bombing campaign. The Real IRA splinter group left a car bomb that partially detonated at the Policing Board headquarters in Belfast Nov. 22, and authorities worry that they have access to a [read more]

Northern Ireland: Tour Bus Attacked in Belfast, Romanian Immigrants Leave

Date: June 24th, 2009 | No Comments

A gang of five teenage boys hurled stones at an open-top tourist bus in west Belfast, breaking a window but injuring no one. The incident was the first of its kind for the tour company, but not so long ago during the troubles such attacks were a daily occurrence. Open-top bus tours of both east [read more]

Northern Ireland: Enormous Day of Action Possible Nov. 30

Date: October 17th, 2011 | No Comments

The Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance (NIPSA) is asking members to vote in favor of an industrial day of action to coincide with a similar event planned for Nov. 30 throughout the United Kingdom. This would be the largest union mobilization in over a generation. The proposed strike is a response to pay cuts, [read more]

Northern Ireland: Safer Than England and Wales

Date: December 22nd, 2010 | No Comments

In a result that may seem counterintuitive, a crime survey published by the Justice Department revealed that Northern Ireland is safer than both England and Wales. The risk of becoming a crime victim in Northern Ireland is 14 percent compared to 21 percent in its two neighbors to the southeast. A University or Ulster criminology [read more]

Northern Ireland: Belfast Thugs Attack “Peace” Bus

Date: August 18th, 2010 | No Comments

Three German teenagers were injured when thugs attacked their bus on a cross-community project to bridge the divide between east and west Belfast. The youths were among a group of 40 out for a night of fun and cultural understanding when their bus’ windows were smashed by a gang hurling bricks and bottles. They were [read more]

Northern Ireland: Riots Erupt During Protestant March in Ardoyne, North Belfast

Date: July 16th, 2009 | No Comments

Riots erupted during a Protestant march in the north Belfast district of Ardoyne July 13, injuring 21 police officers and raising concerns that a splinter group was trying to undermine the peace process and turn the province back into a region of hatred and violence. Police officials felt it was difficult to blame the violence [read more]

Northern Ireland: Killings Unite Catholic and Protestant Communities

Date: March 12th, 2009 | No Comments

The killings of two British soldiers and a Northern Ireland policeman by IRA splinter groups raised the specter of a return to violence that plagued the province for decades, but these incidents could prove to be a catalyst to put “the Troubles” away for good. The power-sharing government of Protestants and Catholics and both communities [read more]






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