Peace for Belfast!
- Posted Nov. 15, 2010 by Lorenzo Viewed 535 times
This is the most seriuos part of the trip and the most shocking one! Of course I already had heard about the fights in Northern Ireland between Catholic and the Protestant people but i knew also that the made peace 10 years ago, so I was pretty shocked to discover that after a so long period of time things are still not ok.
Catholic and Protestant (but this division is pure smoke, the real fight is for the identity of Northern Ireland, Irish or British) live in different parts of the city, like a ghetto. The two parts of the city are divided by a high wall with automatic dorrs that can be closed in case of emergency.
The atmosphere seems the same as in Berlin during the Cold War, with the only difference that in Berlin the population from both the parts wanted to stay togheter, here the population voted for the wall to stay for some other years, because they still don't trust each other.
They go to work togheter but their social life is totally separated, no common pub, ect… Only the city centre is ‘neutral zone’, but if you want to avoid trouble never leave the main road!
Both the parts of the city are covered by murales with propaganda for one of the faction. Children who go to school pass in front of an army terrorist painted on a wall every single day. Of course schools are segregated, no mix between them. The tour that showed us the two parts of the city was really great, but left me a really sad feeling for all the hate there is still in that city.
I hope for them a paceful future, and I hope they will realize that they are all man, no matter their religion or citizenship, War is a solution for nothing.
PEACE FOR BELFAST!
if u are intersted in knowing more about belfast history, here are some good links:
wiki again [en.wikipedia.org]
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