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Old 02-25-2006, 03:59 PM   #16
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Geez, this was some nasty stuff.
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Marches to remember past violence leads to more violence.
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^ Ye you are right, the march was a stupid idea
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Old 02-25-2006, 04:44 PM   #19
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I'm fuming! - Look at what they've done to the place! Hopefully the casualities were minimal, bloody eejits...dragging my beloved emerald isle back to the past again AAAARGH!
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^ Ye you are right, the march was a stupid idea
Well perhaps but I agree with the right to march (I don't agree wth the political viewpoint of the marchers). Just to be clear it's the anti-march contingent that caused the problems here and not the marchers themselves (in fact the march itself was cancelled).

I've checked a few other discussion sites and seemingly what happened was largely caused by an unholy alliance of local scumbags, anarchists and extremist anti-GFA republicans, some of whom allegedly came down from the North specifically to cause hassle.

I have no issue with allowing the march itself, nor do I have a problem with anyone who wanted to mount a peaceful counter demonstration - the problem here is the hijacking of the anti-march contigent by extremist elements.
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A bunch of silly boys. These people are either political fanatics or just the type that is always looking for an excuse to start hassle with police. They would be better off enjoying all the great rugby this weekend.

I tend to think that the police were caught between a rock and a hard place, as during a previous, though less serious, disturbance a few years ago (caused on that occasion by anti-globalisation protestors) some of the police ended up in court on assault charges, so they may have been reluctant to crack down hard in the early stages of this riot.

Thank Jaysus I wasn't in town this evening. I was planning to do some shopping , but decided to stay in bed instead.

If you look closely at the videos from the riots, you can notice many of the eejits stiring shite were pissed outta their heads.
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Well perhaps but I agree with the right to march (I don't agree wth the political viewpoint of the marchers). Just to be clear it's the anti-march contingent that caused the problems here and not the marchers themselves (in fact the march itself was cancelled).

I've checked a few other discussion sites and seemingly what happened was largely caused by an unholy alliance of local scumbags, anarchists and extremist anti-GFA republicans, some of whom allegedly came down from the North specifically to cause hassle.

I have no issue with allowing the march itself, nor do I have a problem with anyone who wanted to mount a peaceful counter demonstration - the problem here is the hijacking of the anti-march contigent by extremist elements.
Yes but, come on the march was going to led to this, maybe in a perfect world where people don't have to be violent about the things they dislike, we coulod have marches like this, but we can't, the march was always going to lead to violence
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Thank Jaysus I wasn't in town this evening. I was planning to do some shopping , but decided to stay in bed instead.
Wise move.
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Thank Jaysus I wasn't in town this evening. I was planning to do some shopping , but decided to stay in bed instead.

If you look closely at the videos from the riots, you can notice many of the eejits stiring shite were pissed outta their heads.
You were lucky, we didn't even know about this. Our parents warned us at about 2:30, by which time we were already taking the long way to Cineworld.
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some of whom allegedly came down from the North specifically to cause hassle.
that's interesting cos the AP article that I've seen a few times today calls them "IRA-Protestant" riots, whatever that's supposed to mean...I thought it was funny they made it see like the IRA got on a bus and came down for that specific purpose but who knows.
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Wise move.
Tell me about it! From now on, it's only Dundrum Shopping Centre for me.

Although I agree that everybody has a right to march and express their opinions, whoever authorised this march is a fecking dumbass. It was obvious it was going to end up like this! What can you expect?

I showed Irishteen's pics to my bf's ma (she's from up North) and she said it reminded her of many sad experiences she had in Belfast ( but she is from Co. Down).
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Irishteen: so happy that you weren't hurt in any way! Thank you for posting photos. so much for Peace?
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Glad your'e OK,Irishteen!
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Some footage here that was posted on another site:-

http://www.youtube.com/p.swf?video_i...%3DpgIlZgt4XV8
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everyone's glad I'm okay, not even my friends said that, they called me Suicidal
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