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Gangs of youths brought violence from 29 March in a loyalist area of Londonderry. Until the death of Prince Philip on 9 April, there were protests and rioting on a near-nightly basis in a number of towns and cities, including Belfast, Carrickfergus, Ballymena and Newtownabbey.
In March, a group which includes representatives of loyalist paramilitaries wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to withdraw its support for the Good Friday Agreement, the 1998 deal that effectively ended the Troubles. The Loyalist Communities Council said it was temporarily withdrawing its backing because of concerns about the post-Brexit trading border of the Northern Ireland Protocol. Feargal Cochrane considers the region’s troubled history from the struggle for Irish independence in the nineteenth century to the present.
Feargal Cochrane is emeritus professor of international conflict analysis and senior research fellow at the Conflict Analysis Research Centre, University of Kent. He is the author of Breaking Peace and Migration and Security in the Global Age?, and coauthor of Mediating Power-Sharing. Northern Ireland: The Fragile Peace was published March 2021 by Yale University Press.
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