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Sectarian violence on the streets of East Belfast
ireland / britain | migration / racism | opinion / analysis Wednesday June 22, 2011 19:15 by Sean Matthews - Workers Solidarity Movement
The cracks beneath the surface in the peace process were once again exposed on the streets of East Belfast last night in the second night of serious sectarian rioting. A UVF led mob numbering in the 100's has been engaged in attacks on catholic homes at the edge of the Short Strand. This is the reality of a peace dividend which has failed to deliver to working-class communities and stands in stark contrast to suburbia only 5 miles away which produced golf champion Rory McElroy.
Is there any surprise that we still continue to have serious outbreaks of sectarian rioting, with communities living in fear, when we have a sectarian carve up in the Stormont assembly fighting over the scraps from Westminster? This from the same regime that is imposing a vicious wave of attacks on workers rights and conditions in the form of cut-backs and privatisation. Until we begin to collectively tackle the causes of division at a grassroots level, and the psychological and physical scars which continue to haunt working people, last nights violence will only recreate it.