Tbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 24 Posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1466 times:
Now I don't know much about this, but why are Protestants attacking Catholic schools? Is it because its in N. Ireland? I really don't know much about this conflict, but I think that is a bit shameful. Keep the squabbling and the fighting away from children, especially at a school.
BA-747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1449 times:
ok i live in scotland and the catholic protestant thing goes on here as well BUT not like in NI but its because the holy cross roman catholic girls primary school is in the middle of a predominately protestant area of belfast and for the girls to get to it they have to walk through the area and the people there dont like it because they think the parents of the children are using the children to make them look bad so they are rebelling to the fact that the catholic parents are doing it to annoy the protestant people living in that area because there is an alternative route to the school but some parents aint taking it. and the catholics are saying the protestants are attacking innocent children but the protestants are saying the are not they are attacking the parents using the children but i dont know what people think because im not in NI to understand the full thing
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13475 posts, RR: 77
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1443 times:
A recent poll in the UK showed that 75% of people could not give a flying one about these 'Loyalists'.
Not surprising, 'we're British' they yell, oh really?
Fanatics in both politics and faith, with those wierd 'Orange Lodge' marches, bowlers hats, sashes and an obsession with events hundreds of years ago. Bit like the Klu-Klux-Klan, wearing 'Clockwork Orange' style clothes.
You could not get more un-British!
'But we fought for Britain in the war', yes like all Commonwealth nations.
It might be that this situation is payback for the security forces stopping the Orange Lodge, and their violent supporters. marching through a Catholic area for the last few years.
The vicious IRA campaign which really started in 1971, obscures the fact that British troops were sent to Belfast and Londonderry in 1969 to stop the sectarian strife, which culminated in Loyalist gangs burning Catholics out of their homes. Today we would call that ethnic cleansing.
For 40 years the Loyalists were allowed to run a province which was a European version of the US segregated Southern states, the nationalists, then making up 30% of the population, being treated much like
coloured population in the deep south.
In fact, the civil rights protests that started the troubles in 1968, were modelled on Martin Luther-King's fight for civil rights.
So no surprise that the rest of the UK, apart from some in Scotland and a few far-right nutcases, are totally fed-up with them.
True, the other side, using Sinn Fienn, are manipulating the dreadful situation with those schoolkids for polictical capital.