Police and protesters clashed on the night (local time) of Monday, August 12, during the third consecutive night of violent protests in Londonderry (Northern Ireland). According to police, groups of young teenagers threw petrol bombs, bricks, and bottles at police at the Derry Walls in the Bogside area. Protesters also reportedly erected and set fire to a makeshift barrier on Fahan Street. No injuries were reported. This violence comes amid protests surrounding the annual Apprentice Boys Parade, held on Saturday, August 10, which commemorates the end of the Siege of Derry in 1689. A heightened security presence is to be expected in the area in the coming days.
Further protests are possible over the near term. Transportation disruptions, such as road blockages, are possible around protest sites. Clashes between protesters and police cannot be ruled out.
Londonderry was a focal point of the Troubles, a violent conflict between Irish nationalists and Unionists in Northern Ireland. An estimated 3500 people were killed and nearly 50,000 others were wounded in the conflict from the 1960s until 1998, when the Good Friday Agreement was signed. Sporadic low-level violence continues in the region.
Individuals in Londonderry, and Northern Ireland more broadly, are advised to monitor the situation, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders, road closures), anticipate localized disruptions and a heightened security presence, and remain vigilant for suspicious objects or behavior.
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