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A Belfast Telegraph photographer was attacked by two men while they were covering scenes of public unrest in an interface area in West Belfast.
Kevin Scott was jumped from behind by the perpetrators at around 6pm on Wednesday when he reported on public unrest near Kennedy Way.
The incident, which occurred as a crowd on Lanark Way, was condemned by Amnesty International NI.
A bus was hijacked and set on fire while Earlier tires and trash cans were set on fire near interface gates.
Mr Scott stated that he was also verbally abused during the attack and that his cameras were also damaged.
« So much for peace – I’m just now Jumped from behind by two men masked in the Cupar War, « he tweeted.
« One pulled me to the ground and smashed @BelTel cameras. When I was fighting these, the other told me to go back to your own area, you fenian c ***.
First Minister Arlene Foster condemned the attack on Twitter, saying: « There is no justification for violence. It’s wrong and should stop. «
» Amnesty International expects @PoliceServiceNI to take appropriate action to ensure the safety of journalists and the freedom of the press. «
Kevin, I’m so sorry for you that happened. This is a despicable and totally unacceptable attack on you as a journalist. Amnesty International expects @PoliceServiceNI to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of journalists and the freedom of the press. https://t.co/CM8JB2ZwuA He added, « Everyone should be able to do their job without fear of intimidation, harassment or attack.
» This is the most recent incident of loyalist unrest that d urged by the ruthless rhetoric of political unionism.
Mr. Maskey continued, « We need to see the political leadership step up the plate to do everything in their power to ease tension and end these measures. «
Meanwhile, a DUP MP has urged loyalist protesters to » use their heads « and move away from situations that may get into disarray.
Gregory Campbell spoke in after several consecutive nights of violence Northern Ireland, in which 41 police officers were injured and 10 arrested.
The cause of the riot has been attributed to frustration at the decision not to prosecute members of Sinn Fein for allegedly violating coronavirus regulations at the funeral of Republican Bobby Storey A PSNI spokesperson said: « On Lanark Way and West Circular Road at the junction with Springfield Road in West Crowds gathered in Belfast and a bus was hijacked and set on fire at the junction of Lanark Way and Shankill Road.
« The police advise the public to avoid these areas. We appeal to those who have control over the area to use it to restore calm. »
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