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Northern Ireland: the politics behind the riots

By David Mitchell, Assistant Professor in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation, Trinity College Dublin
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There is no mystery about the grassroots unionist anger that has led to street violence in Northern Ireland in recent weeks. Telling grassroots communities to be angry has been the political strategy of unionist leaders for decades.

The immediate cause of the unrest was the decision not to seek prosecutions of Sinn Féin representatives for pandemic regulation breaches at a major republican funeral last June.

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