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June 23rd, 2011

IRELAND – Reports of disorder in east Belfast as Protestant and Catholic rioters clash with police.

  • Hours of heavy fighting erupted between Protestants and Catholics late Monday evening, June 20, and Tuesday night, June 21.
  • Hundreds of people took to the streets and attacked police officers and opposing groups with firearm, petrol bombs, rocks, sticks and bottles.
  • Reports allege that conflict occurred at the Catholic community of Short Strand when a group of young men exited the loyalist Mount and Castlereagh Street areas and provoked public disorder.
  • East Belfast is a predominantly Protestant area of Northern Ireland.
  • Investigations are ongoing to determine if loyalist paramilitary group – the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) – was responsible for coordinating the attack.

Original sources: Le Monde, The Guardian, Irish Times, The Washington Post, NPR, AP, BBC News, ABC News, CBS News, Sky News.

Analysts available for comment:

Jennifer Todd is the director of the Institute for British Irish Studies at University College Dublin, professor in the School of Politics and International Relations and member of the Royal Irish Academy.

CONTACT: jennifer.todd@theglobalexperts.org

Location: West Europe

Languages: English, French

Henry Patterson is a professor of politics at the University of Ulster, where his chief research focus is on the contemporary history of Northern Ireland. He is the author of Ireland since 1939: The Persistence of Conflict (London, 2007), and Unionism and Orangeism in Northern Ireland since 1945 (Manchester, 2007).

CONTACT: henry.patterson@theglobalexperts.org

Location: West Europe

Language: English

Paul Dixon, Ph.D., is a reader in politics and international studies at Kingston University, UK. He is an expert on the conflict in Northern Ireland. He recently published the second edition of Northern Ireland: The Politics of War and Peace and has carried out extensive research on the Northern Ireland conflict, which has been published in many academic journals.

CONTACT: paul.dixon@theglobalexperts.org

Location: West Europe

Language: English

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Peter Shirlow, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast. He is an expert on political violence in Northern Ireland, who has also studied Iraq, Cyprus, the former Yugoslavia and Palestine/Israel.

CONTACT: peter.shirlow@theglobalexperts.org

Location: West Europe

Language: English

Bill Rolston, Ph.D., is a professor of sociology at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. He has researched, written and lectured on Northern Ireland society, politics and culture over the last three decades, beginning with his doctorate from Queen’s University on community development and political conflict.

CONTACT: bill.rolston@theglobalexperts.org

Location: West Europe

Language: English

Jonathan Tonge, Ph.D., is a professor of politics at the University of Liverpool and president of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom. He has produced 14 books on British and Irish politics and is particularly associated with academic research on Northern Ireland politics and British elections and parties.

CONTACT: jonathan.tonge@theglobalexperts.org

Location: West Europe

Language: English

Mari Christine Fitzduff, Ph.D., is an Irish-born activist, educator, writer and academic. She is currently director of the MA Conflict and Coexistence Program at Brandeis University, Massachusetts, USA, which began in 2004.

CONTACT: mari.fitzduff@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Language: English

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