Eight PSNI officers have been injured following rioting in Belfast last night. The riots occurred in the Sandy Row area of Belfast where officers were targeted by crowds of youths and attacked with bottles, bricks and fireworks. Seven arrests have been made following the riots.
The riots occurred ahead of a planned loyalist protest in the area which follows four nights of disturbances in the unionist Waterside area of Derry.
The tensions are believed to have been caused by post-Brexit trade arrangements which loyalists claim have created barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
Tensions were further increased by the decision to not prosecute 24 Sinn Féin politicians who attended Bobby Storey’s funeral during Covid-19 restrictions last Summer.
In response to the riots, DUP Christopher Stalford stated, “Given the actions of the Deputy First Minister some folks may believe that they can break the rules. That is not the case – two wrongs don’t make a right”.