News from The North: UVF responsible for riots; McGuinness, Robinson attempt to calm situation (IAIS)


Police Chief Superintendent Alan McCrum said the trouble was
 "orchestrated" by the loyalist paramilitary group, the UVF...
Police Chief Supt McCrum said the trouble started after a
 group of young men came out of the loyalist Mount and
 Castlereagh Street areas, and made their way into the
 Catholic enclave of Short Strand...
Chief Supt McCrum said police believed that members of the
 east Belfast UVF were involved in the trouble.
"It would be a line of investigation to establish whether
 that was a co-ordinated and organised 'organisational'
 position (by the UVF leadership)," he said.
"But at this point we are satisfied that at the very least
 members of east Belfast UVF were involved in organising the
The PSNI said there was nothing to suggest that members of
 the Provisional IRA (PIRA) had fired shots and it was too
 early to say if dissident republicans were involved as their
 investigations were continuing.
 Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey blamed the UVF for orchestrating
 the trouble.


Earlier today, the PSNI claimed loyalist paramilitaries who
 are supposed to be on a ceasefire organised major rioting
 and opened fire on police in Belfast last night...
Masked Ulster
 Volunteer Force (UVF) members were blamed for starting the
 violence by attacking homes in the Catholic enclave.
 Two men on the loyalist side of the divide suffered gunshot
 wounds to the leg, officers confirmed. But bullet marks on
 police vehicles were blamed on the UVF and are being treated
 as the attempted murder of officers...
... deputy First Minister...
 Mr McGuinness blamed the violence on a small minority of
 individuals who are determined to destabilise communities.
 They will not be allowed to drag us back to the past, he
 said. I call on all those involved to take a step back and
 to remain calm. I support the efforts of community leaders
 on all sides who have been working on
 the ground to restore calm in east Belfast...

 The UVF is one of the biggest loyalist groups and despite
 having observed a ceasefire and having decommissioned its
 weapons, it was blamed for a murder last year.
The Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC) found that the
 UVF's leadership sanctioned what was branded the public
 execution of loyalist Bobby Moffett, who was shot dead in
 front of shoppers on Belfast's Shankill Road. But it stopped
 short of recommending government sanction of the UVF. The
 recent appearance of UVF murals in east Belfast depicting
 masked and armed men was seen as a bid by the group to stamp
 its mark.


The PSNI has blamed loyalist paramilitary group the UVF for
 a second night of sectarian street disturbances in east Belfast...
Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy
 First Minister Martin McGuinness have appointed one of their
 senior officials to engage urgently with the local
 communities and community leaders in the Newtownards Road
 and Short Strand areas...
Taoiseach Enda Kenny ...
 said Mr Robinson and Mr McGuinness were bringing a
 sense of understanding and calmness to the situation.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said the scale of violence
 was worrying and said these people must not be allowed to
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said everyone must remain calm
 about the situation, but should also seek to interact more
 with Northern Ireland.

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