Adams detention and release aggravate both sides of Northern Irish divide




 
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Adams detention and release aggravate both sides of Northern Irish divide
 
May 6th, 2014  
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Topic: Adams detention and release aggravate both sides of Northern Irish divide


Adams detention and release aggravate both sides of Northern Irish divide
By Conor Humphries BELFAST (Reuters) - The arrest of Irish nationalist leader Gerry Adams by police investigating a 1972 murder and his subsequent release have aggravated both the Catholic and Protestant communities in Northern Ireland, just as the divisive "marching season" begins. So far the volleys of angry rhetoric between committed supporters of Adams's Sinn Fein party and its pro-British rivals haven't translated into violence across Belfast's patchwork of housing estates, which remain divided on sectarian lines. But the many members of both communities who simply long for the normality enjoyed in the rest of Britain and Ireland fear the consequences of the Sinn Fein leader's four-day police interrogation and release on Sunday. That's just the way things are here," said Dawn Johnson, a 26-year-old Protestant walking in central Belfast on Monday.




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