The city of Belfast has seen a series of street clashes over the last two days following violent attacks on an Irish Republican parade by gangs from the British Unionist minority in the north-east of the country, almost certainly under the direction of local British terrorist leaders. Last year the Henry Joy McCracken commemoration parade (organised by the Republican Network for Unity or RNU) passed off without incident but some Unionist factions are now using it as a new casus belli in the region as the Orange Order, the British Unionist and Protestant fundamentalist organisation, comes under renewed pressure to curb its activities amidst concerns over its racist and sectarian policies.
As always the Italian-based news blog, the Five Demands, carries the most up-to-date reports on the situation, from the affected communities themselves as well as from local media (Google Translate can be automatically set up in the Chrome browser). Also check out Slugger O’Toole for some analysis here and here.
The latest trouble in the north-east illustrates yet again the symbiotic nature of “constitutional” and “violent” British Unionism in Ireland and how one half will always support and protect the interests of the other.