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Northern Ireland Flag Dispute Violence

December 8, 2012 by  

Northern Ireland Flag Dispute Violence, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Belfast on 7 December, amid uprising sectarian tension. The tension was created because of Belfast city councilor’s decision to limit the flying of British Union flag from the city hall. As a result a death threat was issued against East Belfast MP Naomi Long, and 1,000 loyalists marched to the streets of Belfast against council’s decision. Last two bombs were found in other parts of Northern Ireland, indicating the rise of sectarian tension.

Clinton urged for the ending of the radical dispute saying, “there will always be disagreement in democratic societies, but violence is never an acceptable response to those disagreements. All parties need to confront the remaining challenge of sectarian divisions, peacefully together…the remnants of the past need to be quickly, unequivocally condemned. Democracy requires dialogue, compromise and constant commitment by everyone to protect the rights of everyone.”

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