Bus hijacked and left to freewheel as Belfast violence continues

Belfast: Emergency Stormont meeting after night of violence

Weir's comments come at a tense time in Northern Ireland, with repeated outbreaks of violence in loyalist areas of the province over a number of consecutive nights.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the unrest, and Northern Ireland's Belfast-based government was holding an emergency meeting Thursday on the violence.

A post-Brexit U.K. -EU trade deal has imposed customs and border checks on some goods moving between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K. The arrangement was created to avoid checks between Northern Ireland and Ireland because an open Irish border has helped underpin the peace process built.

The accord ended decades of violence involving Irish republicans, British loyalists and United Kingdom armed forces in which more than 3,000 people died.

"The way to resolve differences is through dialogue, not violence or criminality", Johnson said on Twitter.

Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster labelled the scenes as "an embarrassment to Northern Ireland".

The British-run region's devolved executive, a compulsory power-sharing coalition led by Irish nationalists and their unionist rivals, will meet later on Thursday to discuss the clashes, Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill said.

"Northern Ireland faces deep political challenges ahead".

Under the Northern Ireland Protocol of the Brexit withdrawal agreement, a de facto border was created in the Irish Sea, with goods entering Northern Ireland from mainland Britain subject to European Union checks, a move which angered unionists, who have accused London of abandoning them.

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In an attack which local police called "orchestrated", 30 petrol bombs were thrown at police officers in Newtownabbey on Saturday.

"But the paramilitary godfathers behind this really don't care; they will exploit these young people for their own ends". They expressed outrage that a new generation was being exposed to, and pulled into, violence.

The assembly recall has the support of the five main Stormont parties and was proposed by Alliance Party leader and Justice Minister Naomi Long.

"This is nothing short of child abuse", she said. But any long-term solution will require political commitment that appears in short supply. Sinn Fein and the DUP have blamed one another for the deteriorating situation.

The violence has been blamed on anger in response to a decision by the Public Prosecution Service not to pursue prosecutions against members of Sinn Fein who attended the funeral of Mr Storey a year ago despite restrictions over gatherings, as well as Brexit and localised issues in the south-east Antrim area.

Police Service of Northern Ireland Assistant Chief Constable Jonathan Roberts said several hundred people gathered on both sides of a gate in the wall, where "crowds. were committing serious criminal offences, both attacking police and attacking each other".

Unionists says the new checks amount to a border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K. - something they fear undermines the region's place in the United Kingdom.

He acknowledged there had been issues in the past about Sinn Féin representatives attending the Bobby Storey funeral and the decision not to pursue charges, but there were processes that could be followed. "So that you could see how things can definitely escalate".

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