That’s the message from Loyalists who say they will continue to throw petrol bombs at riot police and Catholic churches until their right to throw petrol bombs at riot police and Catholic churches is respected.
“Either way, we’re going to be out here doing what we love, passing on traditions to the younger generation. And the young men going off to prison after this will no doubt make new friends on the inside who will further their education about our ways and customs.”
The young men involved in these protests can be seen tenderly carrying Union Jack flags, which they attack passers by with and use as makeshift windbreakers and balaclavas. This has provoked outrage from some British citizens who believe the flag is an important part of their cultural identity and not a fashion accessory.
Nationalists in Belfast have also come out strongly against the rioting. “We have been rioting and petrol-bombing police in this land as long as anyone and it’s ridiculous that Loyalists think they can co-opt our traditions. No one group has the exclusive right to petrol-bomb policemen, it is a basic human right that should be available to all.”
Police say they are delighted to be having such close interactions with their local communities, saying the millions of pounds of overtime they’ve been paid is just a bonus.