Biden Northern Ireland Visit: Violence erupted in Londonderry a day before US President Joe Biden’s proposed visit to Northern Ireland. Some masked miscreants attacked the police vehicle with petrol bombs. Police told Reuters news agency that the attack happened during a parade protesting the Good Friday peace accord.
Media reports said Biden would arrive in Northern Ireland on Tuesday and the visit would coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. The White House confirmed last week that Biden would visit the island of Ireland, starting a four-day trip to coincide with the anniversary of the historic peace accords in Belfast.
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A number of masked people attending a parade opposing the Good Friday peace accord in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, attacked a police vehicle with petrol bombs and other objects https://t.co/Vh42DC2nh6 pic.twitter.com/BNnQ9kH47n
— Reuters (@Reuters) April 11, 2023
Four youths in the Irish area of Creggan were caught throwing petrol bombs at an armored police vehicle which was engulfed in flames on one side. The crowd dispersed shortly thereafter and police said no one was injured.
Nigel Goddard said – incredibly disappointing
Commander Nigel Goddard, Chief Superintendent of Derry City and Strabane Region, said: “What we saw in Creggan this afternoon was incredibly disappointing. He said police have deployed evidence-gathering resources. They said footage from the scene had been obtained which would now be reviewed as part of the investigation into possible offenses under the Terrorism Act 2000.
Let us tell you that Biden will reach Belfast on Tuesday and will give a speech at Belfast University on Wednesday before going to Ireland for the next three days. The visit comes as it marks 25 years since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement that ended three decades of sectarian bloodshed in Northern Ireland.
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John Kirby said – Biden is very excited
White House spokesman John Kirby told the BBC that US President Joe Biden was looking forward to visiting the island of Ireland. The President will be received by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak when he reaches Northern Ireland. John Kirby said President Biden cares deeply about Northern Ireland and has a long history of supporting peace and prosperity there.