Universities urged to punish rioting students

UK“Politicians have called on the heads of the North’s universities to take stern action against students who engaged in riotous behaviour in the Holylands area of south Belfast on St Patrick’s Day. Nineteen people were arrested during the disturbances in the predominantly student Holylands, so-called because streets in the district of mostly small redbrick houses are named after areas in the Middle East such as Jerusalem, Cairo and Damascus. Recent years have seen several similar incidents when students engaged in riotous and violent behaviour. This has led to running tensions with other residents, with some people leaving the district. Two PSNI officers were injured during the disturbances, according to police. A number of vehicles were also damaged during confrontations between drunken students and police. Virtually every one of the hundreds of Belfast City Council wheelie bins in the area were upturned and emptied during the day, according to the council street cleaning staff …” (more)

[Gerry Moriarty, Irish Times, 19 March]

Tags: , , ,

Leave a Reply