NI Riots: Police use water cannon for first time in six years


Peace Wall, Belfast © Copyright Sonse (CC BY-SA 2.0)

On Thursday night, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) deployed a water cannon to disperse crowds for the first time in six years in response to another night of rioting in Belfast (Béal Feirste).


Rioters set off fireworks close to the peace wall that separates nationalist and unionist areas of the city.


The rioting broke out in a nationalist area of west Belfast (Béal Feirste).


On Wednesday night, loyalists attacked police officers, launched petrol bombs, and hijacked and burnt out a bus in west Belfast (Béal Feirste).


In response, the Biden administration has called for peace.


White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said at a press conference on Thursday: “We are concerned by the violence in Northern Ireland, and we join the British, Irish, and Northern Irish leaders in their calls for calm,”


When did the rioting begin?


The rioting began on March 29 in a small town outside Derry.

On Friday, April 2, rioters threw petrol bombs at police and since then there has been nightly violence in Belfast and parts of county Antrim (Aontroim).


On Saturday, April 3, thirty petrol bombs were thrown at police officers.


Over the Easter weekend, a total of forty-one officers were injured in the rioting, according to the BBC.