The working class enclaves in inner-city Belfast have soaring poverty and joblessness rates. Once the voice of hardline unionism, the DUP has become increasingly mainstream and is seen to represent these communities less and less, with a similar process happening on the other side of the political divide.
Ever since the Good Friday peace agreement of 1998, parties on both side of the divide have, albeit slowly, attempted to move things forward. And forward things have moved, as I explained at the start. However, a critical demographic have been left behind: the working class and the radicals within.
Fresh trouble flared in east Belfast just hours after senior police and politicians on all sides called for peace on the
While many protests have remained peaceful, a significant number, particularly in Belfast, have however turned violent. Many have hijacked them for their own needs or recreational rioting, an all too popular pursuit in Northern Ireland, in terms of both participation and spectating.
Fresh violence has flared in Northern Ireland as loyalists protest over the flying of the union flag. The PSNI said they
In the August riots of 2011 I had to experience something nobody should have to - I watched my home city burn. Politicos