PARATE ORANGISTE. FINLAY INVITA I LEADERS DI GOVERNO ALL’AZIONE

Il portavoce della PSNI condanna l’atteggiamento passivo del Primo e Vice Primo Ministro di fronte alle violenze che si ripetono puntualmente ogni anno in occasione delle parate orangiste

Il conteggio dei poliziotti feriti nei disordini che hanno scosso Belfast negli ultimi 2 giorni è salito a 82. Stabili le condizioni del poliziotto donna ricoverata nella serata di ieri dopo essere stata ripetutamente bersagliata da razzi.
Oggi è il giorno della resa dei conti, dei bilanci.
Alistair Finlay, Assistant Chief Constable della PSNI, punta il dito contro il leaders di governo: Peter Robinson e Martin McGuinness, rei di una mancata reazione e forte presa di posizione dinnanzi alle violenze che hanno caratterizzato i 12 luglio 2010, così come ogni anno.
“Ci sono politici che individualmente lavorano molto duramente su questo argomento, ma stiamo vedendo il Primo e Vice Primo uscire e condannare quanto accaduto?”
“E mostrare di avere un piano per risolvere questo tipo di problema la prossima volta che si ripresenterà, anziché attendere che si ripeta inevitabilmente il prossimo anno e che debba essere la polizia a formare una barriera umana nel tentativo di mantenere la pace e e mantenere i rapporti che si sta cercando di costruire?”
“Io non li ho sentiti, non li ho sentito prima del 12 luglio … noi non li abbiamo visti unirsi ad una lidearship politica strategica affidata e votata ad offrire una società coesa alla comunità”.
Gerry Kelly, Sinn Fein, ha reagito con rabbia alle osservazioni, dicendo che la colpa non dovrebbe essere “concentrata sul Primo e Vice Primo Ministro come se avessero una bacchetta magica”.
Rispondendo alle critiche di Finlay, ha dichiarato: “Dovrebbe stare fuori dalla politica.
“Ho discusso con lui della situazione, durante il giorno. Se vuole parlare con l’Ufficio del Primo e Vice Primo Ministro, tutto quello che deve fare è alzare il telefono.”

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NI leaders urged to take action after riots (U TV)
A senior PSNI officer has urged the First Minister and Deputy First Minister to take action against the causes of continued violence during the Twelfth of July period.
The call comes after overnight rioting across the country left 55 PSNI officers wounded, bringing the total number of injured police to 82 over the past two days.
Disturbances continued after the parades in Belfast. A policewoman was rushed to hospital after being struck with a piece of masonry during riots in the Ardoyne area.
In the south of the city petrol bombs were thrown at police and burning wheelie bins were used to blockade the Ormeau Road.
In Londonderry a masked man opened fire on police during a riot in the Bogside, where youths also threw petrol bombs at PSNI vehicles.

Police fired 70 baton rounds and used water cannon during overnight riots on Tuesday evening.
Assistant chief constable Alistair Finlay believes more needs to be done by leading politicians to calm tensions after what he described as “a very difficult night.”
He said: “There are individual politicians working very hard on this, but are we seeing First Minister and the Deputy First Minister stepping out to condemn this?
“And showing that they have a plan to meet this type of issue next time it comes round, rather than waiting until it inevitably comes around next year and it’s the police who will form that human barrier attempting to keep the peace and keeping relationships building?
“I haven’t heard from them, I didn’t hear from them before the Twelfth of July… we didn’t see joined-up, strategic leadership from politicians who are entrusted and voted for by the community to deliver a cohesive society.”
Junior Sinn Fein minister Gerry Kelly reacted angrily to the comments, saying that the blame should not be “lumped on to the First and Deputy First Ministers as if they have a magic wand”.
Responding to Constable Finlay’s criticisms the North Belfast MLA said: “He should stay out of politics.
“I argued with him during the day about the situation. If he wants to talk to the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister all he has to do is lift the phone.”

The week leading up to the Twelfth has seen police called out to deal with rioting across Belfast.
Three officers were injured – one of them hospitalised – after a masked man with a shotgun opened fire in North Queen Street.
Another 24 officers sustained injuries in two separate flashpoints in north and south-west Belfast.
There was also disorder in the Broadway area in south-west Belfast when around 200 nationalist rioters attacked police with missiles and petrol bombs.
Police responded by firing a number of baton rounds and deploying a water cannon. The Police Ombudsman is investigating the police response in line with established protocol.
Brian Rea, Acting Chairman of the Policing Board condemned those responsible for the outbreak of violence.
“It is deeply regrettable that scenes of serious disorder and violence have once again spilled onto our streets,” he said.
“A small minority were intent on causing maximum disruption and inflicting terror on police and the wider community – their actions were disgraceful.
“82 officers have now been injured during the past 2 days. I hope all the officers injured make a speedy recovery and particularly the 2 officers hospitalised.”

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