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NI Executive Condemns Recent Violence And Calls For Calm

Niall Colbert
Niall Colbert

12:24 PM - 8 Apr 2021



The Northern Ireland Executive has condemned the violence that has erupted in the region over the past week or so.

In a statement, political leaders in the north have called for calm to be restored and an end to violent protests.

55 police officers have been injured following riots in loyalist areas over the past 8 days.

Last night a bus was petrol bombed and a journalist was assaulted.

The NI Executive says attacks on police officers, public services and communities are deplorable and they must stop.

First Minister Arlene Foster told the Stormont Assembly that political problems require political solutions' "Today is not the time to rehearse the arguments over the last number of weeks. We should all know well that when politics fail or are perceived to be failing in Northern Ireland, that those who fill the vacuum offer destruction and despair".

Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill has also hit out at the 'criminal elements' which were encouraging children to carry out acts of violence:

She told the assembly that These people are no role models for our youth. They're outdated, they're antiquated and they're caught in a time warp which has no bearing on where the vast majority of people across this society now are, or indeed where they want to be".

Meanwhile, the European Commission's condemned the violence in the North in the strongest possible terms.

It says nobody has anything to gain from this and called on all those involved to refrain immediately from violent acts.



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