Will the PSNI and courts apply law impartially and arrest, charge road-blocking loyalists?

After the PSNI’s dismal performance at Belfast City Hall on Monday night, there will be a renewed focus on how that organisation responds following the latest loyalist law-breaking tonight in Ards and Carrickfergus, where roads have been blocked by loyalists. Following a road blocking protest in July 2010 by republicans, 26 people were brought to court and fined between £400 and £600 each in December 2011. It will be very interesting to see if the PSNI are willing to apply the law in an impartial, non-partisan manner in this regard, not least given that their record in facing down the sectarian bully boy antics of East Antrim’s loyalists has not been good in recent years.

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