Northern Ireland: Emergency meeting to be held as violence resumes in Belfast – with a bus hijacked and set on fire – By David Blevins (SKY News) / April 8 2021
A 13-year-old boy was one of nine people arrested following trouble in the country earlier this week and on the weekend.
Violence has again resumed on the streets of Belfast ahead of an emergency meeting of the Northern Ireland Assembly, with a bus hijacked and set on fire and a photographer attacked.
The scenes on Wednesday evening followed several nights of unrest in loyalist communities amid tensions over the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol in the UK and EU’s Brexit deal and the police’s handling of alleged lockdown breaches by Sinn Fein at the funeral of republican Bobby Storey.
Police said the bus was pelted with petrol bombs at the junction of Lanark Way and Shankill Road in west Belfast, while stones were thrown at officers and a press photographer was assaulted nearby.
Crowds of up to 500 people gathered as the incident unfolded.