- Jul 15, 2011
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TLDR is pretty spot on with its summary but missing one potential issue... drug trafficking
Effectively massive ex-IRA funeral in May(?) last year, attending by several Sinn Fein members including the leader of the party and the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland.
Unionist outrage because of breaking Covid-19 rules and demanding resignations. Sinn Fein didn't apologise and appeared to be no police intervention.
Many breaches on both sides for the next few months includes 11th/12th July celebration, paramilitary funerals, Rangers celebrations.
Two weeks ago (approx) the police handed the file to the prosecution service suggesting 24(ISH) prosecutions from the funeral in May but the prosecution service deemed they would not get any convictions because of the poorly constructed guidance laid down by Northern Ireland political leaders.
Unionists claimed a two-tier policing service I'm Northern Ireland, favouring the Nationalists, added to the rhetoric of the hard-line unionists politicians, fueling tensions.
Leaders of all unionist parties have ordered the Chief Constable to resign because of the lack of prosecutions from the funeral in May.
So the riots are suggested to be a loss of trust in the police in Northern Ireland.
I hardly think a teenager in some of the estate are really going to understand the implications of the NI Protocol and that's a red herring.
Though one important thing to note is that it could very well be orchestrated by the Loyalist paramilitaries because they dislike the NI Protocol - mainly because the drug trafficking shipments are more likely to be checked between NI and GB and vice versa
The Justice Minister for NI and the head union man for the PSNI were on Radio 4 yesterday discussing this and both made some very good points. They both said it is more to do with criminal gangs inciting youngsters than any political reasons and the whole Sinn Fein funeral/brexit thing was just a couple of red herrings.
The Justice Minister (who came across very well) made the point that much of the resentment from the Loyalist Paramilitaries has come from some very successful operations against their criminal activities. When the PSNI chap was asked about the Loyalist Paramilitaries his comment was "Yeah everywhere else in the UK they are called Criminal gangs" which I thought was good.