Belfast’s Holy war

UK“The future doctors, lawyers, and politicians of Northern Ireland stood in the university area of Belfast on St Patrick’s Day wondering which resident to hurl abuse at or which police officer’s face they’d try to smash with a beer bottle. ‘F**king peeler wankers!’ and ‘Up the Ra!’ they shouted. Then, there was a chorus of ‘SS RUC!’. Bottles, bricks and fireworks were thrown at police during a three-hour riot. A car and bins were burned in the middle of roads as around 1,500 drunken students ran amok. Nineteen people were arrested …” (more)

[Suzanne Breen, Tribune, 22 March]

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