By Ciara McAllister–
In April this year, as tensions rose in unionist communities over Brexit and policing, images of violence in Belfast flooded our newsfeeds. I was struck by a number of views and responses that I saw repeated by various political, academic and community commentators. On Twitter, the unrest was presented in three ways:
- Some criticised the media’s simplistic narrative (most pronounced in Britain and the Republic of Ireland, but here to an extent in Northern Ireland), that explained the violence simply as a causal effect of Brexit and the NI Protocol.
- Some voiced outrage about the young ages of those who were involved and arrested, and questioned the legitimacy of the protestors’ dissatisfaction, characterising them as gullible pawns for the interests of politicians and paramilitaries.
- There was an overwhelming condemnation of this violence and the politics alleged to have contributed to it, with blame put on Boris…
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