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A council worker closes the gate on the Lanark way interface gate in west Belfast after rioting the night before (Press Eye).

A council worker closes the gate on the Lanark way interface gate in west Belfast after rioting the night before (Press Eye).

A council worker closes the gate on the Lanark way interface gate in west Belfast after rioting the night before (Press Eye).

Any hope of a peaceful end to loyalist tensions went up in flames as violence broke out in the Shankill following a protest at a west Belfast interface.

The sight of masked youths being cheered and encouraged by adults as they ran towards the Lanark Way peace line was a depressing indictment of the peace process in parts of Northern Ireland.

The crowds who gathered on both sides of the divide on Wednesday night were mainly young people born long after the end of the Troubles, yet certainly not living in peace.


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