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  Northern Ireland ‘playing with matches’ amid Brexit trade deal tensions
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Apr 08, 2021 10:20pm
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AuthorShawn Pogatchnik
News DateWednesday, April 7, 2021 03:30:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBELFAST – The past week’s street skirmishes between loyalist militants and riot police in Northern Ireland may have been triggered by fallout from an IRA funeral. But the battle lines had already been drawn because of loyalist enmity against the post-Brexit trade deal.

Analysts and rioters agree that rising tensions over Northern Ireland’s “sea border” with Britain needed only a spark to unleash loyalists, the local term used for unionist hardliners willing to use violence to get their way.

“The loyalist community is genuinely and justifiably angry towards the Northern Ireland protocol,” said Moore Holmes, a loyalist organizer speaking beside the scene of rioting on Belfast’s Sandy Row district, where the burned remains of hijacked cars blacken the road.
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