Northern Ireland’s first minister Arlene Foster has echoed the call for calm as the rioting in Belfast raged on for the 6th day.
At least eight police officers were injured while a bus was burnt on Lanark Way as protesters remained angry over Northern Ireland’s new trading arrangements, which were implemented because of Brexit.
Public transport provider Translink said the driver of the burned double-decker bus was unhurt and fine but was shaken by the incident.
“I know that many of our young people are hugely frustrated by the events of this last week but causing injury to police officers will not make things better. And I send my strong support to all of the rank-and-file police officers that are on duty over this Easter weekend,” said Foster.
More than a hundred people on each side of a barrier separating the loyalist Shankill Road and the nationalist Springfield Road in west Belfast clashed and threw bricks and molotovs at one another.
“Last night was at a scale we haven’t seen in Belfast or further afield in Northern Ireland for a number of years,” said Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Assistant Chief Constable Jonathan Roberts.
Recently, both British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin condemned the violence which has sparked on Easter Sunday.
There are no foreseen reconciliations yet as loyalists and unionists continue to argue that post-Brexit trading arrangements have excluded Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.