“At about 1915 BST a bus was hijacked by three masked men..”

Not much detail about what’s happening in the disturbances in Lurgan and Craigavon tonight but it does appear to be orchestrated.From the RTÉ report

The incidences began just after 7pm when three masked men commandeered a bus at the Drumbeg roundabout in Craigavon. Passengers on the bus were ordered off by the gang.

Around 45 minutes later a van was hijacked on the nearby Old Portadown Road outside Lurgan. Youths who congregated at the area then pelted emergency services with stones and other missiles.

Police remained at the scene in an effort to restore calm. They advised motorists to avoid the area.

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  • joeCanuck

    Are we ever so slowly slipping backwards towards disaster given the lack of leadership by both main parties up on the hill?

  • 6countyprod

    Is it not a fact that republican violence is always orchestrated?

  • Llamedos

    This lawlessness has never really stopped since The PIRA continued as the Continuity IRA or CIRA they use young thugs who apart from rioting to order (eds: removed) are allowed to vandalise and terrorise the Lurgan law abiding citizens. The local police appear to be denied adequate manpower and ordered not to go into certain areas after an hour before dusk and an hour after dawn. Hopefully this Blairlike clone of a Chief Constable will get the Met Job God help London; and we might get a police force back instead of an anodyne police service. Sammy Gardiner and George Savage should table an emergency debate at Stormont Whilst The DUP and Sein Fein fiddle their own anochristic sectarian jig. The Chief Constable and Sean Woodward with Mr Goggins want to stop behaving like some third world junta and sort the tinder box that is Lurgan out.

  • lorraine

    is slugger really going to leave that accusation (eds: removed) up?

  • ??

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    Are we ever so slowly slipping backwards towards disaster given the lack of leadership by both main parties up on the hill?
    Posted by joeCanuck on Oct 22, 2008 @ 11:55 PM

    SO these guys are rioting in order to get policing and justice devolved then?

  • Modernist

    Nope ?? its a prime example of the political vacum created with the current Assembly impasse due to the usual DUP sectarian intransigence. Even the PUP have been warning of this

  • Aye

    AFAIK they burnt a bus that takes people to work in the call centres in Armagh, no doubt these wee shites and thier parents have better things to do than earn a living, they look like idiots destroying thier own neighbourhood while the PSNI order thier chinese takeaways in town. Funny that it was mainly a peaceful area when there actually was a war on.

  • LURIG

    Violence has NO part to play even if some people feel aggrieved at what’s going on at Stormont. If these elements are opposed to Sinn Fein’s strategy let them organise politically. The US, UK and Irish governments have bigger fish to fry than here and the international media have grown weary. Yes, elements of the DUP ARE attempting to stall the Process but let’s face it devolved Policing & Justice AND an Irish Language Act are going to happen. It’s only a matter of time and negotiation.

  • ??

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    Nope ?? its a prime example of the political vacum created with the current Assembly impasse due to the usual DUP sectarian intransigence. Even the PUP have been warning of this
    Posted by Modernist on Oct 23, 2008 @ 12:55 AM

    so if stormont was up and running then things like this would never happen…gee a crime free NI.
    the PUP , dont you mean the political wing of the UVF, that great non-sectarian organisation.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Wonder if had anything to do with the arrests (and subsequent releases) of 2 dissident republicans in the area earlier.

  • Aye

    It sure did Gonzo, they were out in time to organise a riot, so is this a new police policy to place warnings in the middle of roads only coming from Protestant areas of the town that lead to the trouble and to remain well away from the hoods while the hijacking is going on?

  • the future’s bright the future’s orange

    With SF throwing a tantrum politically, it’s hardly a surprise their supporters throw the odd one out in the community.

  • Blue Rinse Brigade

    Refreshing to see that there are obviously several people in the Craigavon area who are backward, idiotic, cavemen.

    What exactly inspires you to think that hijacking a bus and burning it is a good idea?! Maybe, like cavemen, they just like to create fire…

    And stone throwing! Wow! The Brits will ultimately be considering their ‘occupation’ now that they are faced with the threat of stones!

    What a bunch of complete prats.

  • With SF throwing a tantrum politically, it’s hardly a surprise their supporters throw the odd one out in the community.

    It is not very likely that these were ‘Sinn Féin supporters’. More likely dissident supporters.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Lurgan has always been a more rebellious spot in terms of republicans, even since 1994, so the idea that this is something to do with the impasse at Stormont seems rather far fetched. I certainly do not think that this sort of rioting would stop if there were devolved policing powers and an Irish language act.

    Usually, riots like this don’t happen out of the blue. The trigger for this type of thing is whenever the police touch a nerve somewhere. Sounds like they did in this case.

  • Epcot

    Thank you Comrade Stalin for inserting a bit of calmness into this discussion.

  • Dec

    The trigger for this type of thing is whenever the police touch a nerve somewhere.

    Or Special Branch order a few of their agents to stir things up.

  • Driftwood

    Eirigi getting in some training for the RIR parade?

  • cynic

    “is this a new police policy to place warnings in the middle of roads only coming from Protestant areas of the town that lead to the trouble”

    ….. ahhh have all those Catholic police been subverted already? Shocking ain’t it. Or perhaps they think that local Catholics are so poor and oppressed that they haven’t cars to hijack?

    Any other sectarian allegations to bandy about?

    But nice to see you advocating the police getting in there to confront deluded teenage cannon fodder sent out by much older more experienced people in the hope that someone will be killed or injured to further increase their leverage as ‘protector of the people’. That sounds really sensible.

  • Reader

    Dec: Or Special Branch order a few of their agents to stir things up.
    That’s such a stimulating theory that I won’t spoil things by asking for evidence. But at least let us know *why* they would do that.
    Then, if local knowledge tells you who incited the trouble, you will be able to ‘out’ some Brit agents. Will you do it here?

  • Aye

    cynic what are you on about? my point was why are Catholics not warned about masked men with guns hijacking (maybe the idoits are checking drivers licenses before they burn your car and they only burn Protestant cars)? as for the police staying away from the trouble, well it’s their job to protect law abiding people going about their business not to abandon the people to these thugs is that too much to ask for?

  • neil

    burn Protestant cars

    I think my cars a catholic, (peugeot, ye see), much like myself. But I could be deluding myself, hell the car might even be Jewish for all I know, or an athiest even. Sorry could’t resist that one.

  • Aye

    Your a ****** neil lol 🙂

  • Dec

    That’s such a stimulating theory that I won’t spoil things by asking for evidence. But at least let us know *why* they would do that.

    Ask Paddy Murray.

  • joeCanuck

    If you want your car to be Jewish, Neil, you need to take a hacksaw and remove an inch from the exhaust tailpipe.

  • Reader

    Dec: Ask Paddy Murray.
    I don’t know him. Are you accusing him of something? Is he a dissident? An agent? Is he accused of something? Is he accusing someone else of something? Is he making excuses for anything? Some of the above? None of the above?
    And if he has any evidence about what is happening in Craigavon and Lurgan, could you get him to post it here? Or you could post it yourself, though strictly that would just be hearsay evidence.

  • Dec

    Reader

    I’d ask him but nobody seems to know where he is.

  • barnshee

    The hoods are wasting their time.

    The cops have learned not to interfere –if the spides want to burn down their own areas let them.

    No cops killed is the mantra along with “we don`t live there” “i don`t give a fuck if they eat each other” etc etc.

    Its about containment –as long as it stays in “their area” and (from the PSNI point of view) no cop gets killed —who gives a fuck? A bit like West Belfast in fact where similar “rules” apply