Student drunkenness in Holylands shows how tribalism has grown during peace process

UK“There is an inconvenient truth at the core of the controversy over student misbehaviour in one square kilometre of south Belfast and it is all to do with sectarianism. On St Patrick’s Day the issue of student drunkenness and hooliganism came into sharp focus once again. The battleground was of course Belfast’s Holylands, a small area running from the edge of the university district down to the River Lagan where the streets are named after the cities and biblical place names of the Middle East. Scenes of drunken students taunting police officers, setting fire to cars, throwing bottles and stones at PSNI riot lines and blocking off streets while they held al fresco parties have reignited the arguments about whether it is right to shoehorn so many third level students into a tightly packed area …” (more)

[Guardian, 20 March]

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