Northern Ireland police say paramilitaries not behind recent violence

Involvement of loyalist paramilitary groups in orchestrating the violence in 北アイルランド has been ruled out by police as the number of officers injured rose to 74.

The latest assessment by the Police Service of Northern Ireland came after a statement issued by the Loyalist Communities Council (LCC), an umbrella group representing loyalist paramilitaries seeking an end to the violence.

“The LCC can confirm that none of their associated groups have been involved either directly or indirectly in the violence witnessed in recent days," と言いました.

In a detailed update on the tumultuous week, Northern Ireland assistant chief constable Jonathan Roberts revealed a further 19 officers and one of the service’s dogs had been hurt during disturbances on Thursday, the seventh night of unrest.

Police used water cannon for the first time in six years after dozens of young people on the nationalist side of the peace line ignored a warning to disperse and continued to throw stones, bottles and fireworks.

The police’s assessment marks a shift in opinion from earlier in this week when there were suspicions that loyalist extremists could be operating behind the scenes.

木曜日に, Roberts said it was “clear there was a degree of organisation” to the violence.

しかしながら, the PSNI appeared to backtrack on that position when asked on Friday about the LCC statement. “It’s our overall assessment that the violence that has taken place over the last few nights is not orchestrated by a group, in the name of that group.

“We feel that there may be some people who could have connection to proscribed organisations, who have been present on the scenes of violence. But we don’t believe it’s been sanctioned and organised by prescribed organisations for peaceful protests.”

Hopes were raised the the worst of the violence was over with social media reports that protests were being cancelled over the weekend as a mark of respect for the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Democratic Unionist MP for Belfast East, Gavin Robinson, said in a tweet he was “encouraged” to see calls for planned protests to be cancelled as “even with peaceful intent … nothing should besmirch his memory”.

その間, moves to bridge the political gap that has opened up in recent months over Brexit and policing continued when the Northern Ireland secretary, Brandon Lewis, met with Stormont political parties in emergency talks. No statement was expected because of the death of Prince Philip. One source said it was a “listening exercise” but nothing more had been expected.

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