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Originally posted by Big Raging Loner
Here are two different instances of public disorder with very different outcomes, and tactics used for control.
What I find interesting is also the completely different reasons for the public disorder. G20 protestors are there to protest various problems in the world, on the other side of the spectrum the 'protestors' in Northern Ireland are just out to cause violent trouble.
The Twelfth of July is the annual high-point of the loyal orders' parading calendar. Some marches have been a source of tension between nationalists who see the parades as triumphalist and intimidating, and Orangemen who believe it is their right to walk on public roads.
It is impossible for someone like myself, who grew up in one of the worst-affected areas during the Troubles, not to notice that the areas now reeling from riots, burning cars and confrontations with the police are the very same ones that suffered most in previous decades.
This is no coincidence.
It is no coincidence either that these riots are not taking place in more well-to-do parts of the province, just as they didn't in the past. I watch these youngsters and, all but for a change of fashion, they could be the same people who were on the streets in the 70s and 80s. It is soul-destroying