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Police deploy a water cannon after coming under attack from nationalist youths on Belfast’s Springfield Road last night

Police deploy a water cannon after coming under attack from nationalist youths on Belfast’s Springfield Road last night

Police deploy a water cannon after coming under attack from nationalist youths on Belfast’s Springfield Road last night

Police have described the violence of Wednesday night in Belfast as the worst seen in years. That may be true, relatively speaking, but it was at a level which would only have attracted coverage on a slow news day during the horrors of the Troubles.

However it showed that the downward momentum towards conflict is continuing and that the intemperate words issued by some politicians are coming back to bite them.


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