Nineteen officers have been injured in the ongoing riots in Northern Ireland. The total number of police officers injured by the riots last week thus rises to 74, local media report.
Despite calls for calm by politicians, Belfast’s streets were ravaged by rioters on Thursday evening, who threw stones, fireworks and Molotov cocktails at riot police, among other things.
In addition to the nineteen officers, a police dog was also injured. A water cannon was used for the first time in years.
Irish nationalists and pro-British loyalists have been involved in the worst turmoil of recent years. Brexit has increased tensions in the region.
Besides, there is dissatisfaction with the authorities’ decision not to prosecute the nationalist party leaders for violating corona rules.