Bt Svetlana Ekimenko
November 8, 2021
Disorder has erupted in and around Belfast in an apparent protest against the Northern Ireland Protocol, the Brexit deal which prevents a hard Irish border by keeping Northern Ireland inside the EU’s goods market but creates a trade border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, triggering fears of new, Brexit-related violence.
A double-decker bus was hijacked and set on fire on the outskirts of Belfast late on 7 November. The attack took place close to a loyalist estate, near Rathcoole, in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim just before 8pm. The driver and passengers were reportedly ordered off the bus by four masked men, who boarded it in Church Road.