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A New Approach Is Necessary: The Policy Ramifications of the April 2021 Loyalist Violence in Northern Ireland | CTC |

By Aaron Edwards

The 'leaderless' violence is a manifestation of deep-rooted socio-economic problems and a rejection by loyalists of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement of 1998. It also demonstrates and is reflective of the fragmentation of paramilitary loyalism. Lawmakers and intelligence and security practitioners need a more nuanced understanding of how the security environment has changed since the 1990s if they are to successfully combat the new threat in future.

It all began on Good Friday--April 2, 2021--with bricks, iron bars, and fireworks being thrown by local youths at police officers deployed on the edge of Belfast city center. It soon escalated into a concerted attack that left eight police officers injured. Over the next few nights, sporadic trouble returned to towns and cities across Northern Ireland as fear spread that the violence might threaten the hard-won peace.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 11th, 2021 at 06:41:34 PM EST
That's just a bit of light entertainment on a Friday night and had little to do with the Protocol which the protagonists probably hadn't read and may have been told was a "bad thing". It could happen after a soccer match.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Nov 11th, 2021 at 06:59:05 PM EST
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It takes just a small group of hotheads to stir up trouble ... Brexit by itself had shaken the establishment ... the Tories risk escalation by NI Protocol expectations ... where are the powers to prevent violence? Often a status quo offers best chance to maintain peace. I understand in NI a truce or ceasefire is a better description of the Good Friday Agreement. Old adage, united we stand, divided we fall.

Background of author ...

How very little changed during nearly three decades of violence at the cost of more than 3,500 lives is described in Agents of influence, subtitled Britain's Secret Intelligence War Against the IRA, by Aaron Edwards, a lecturer at Sandhurst military academy.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 11th, 2021 at 08:09:14 PM EST
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