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Katrine Marçal: Lyra McKees death reminds all of how much is at stake

most of northern Ireland has two names. Not even the agreement that created peace in the region can agree on: it's called the ”good Friday agreement” or the ”belfast agreement”? Yes, it depends on if you ask a catholic or a protestant.

In the same way the name of the city where the journalist Lyra McKee was murdered either ”Londonderry” or ”Derry”. It depends on who you ask.

And it is a divided city.

On the one hand, staying the protestants, and on the other the catholics. Across the river which separates them, the EU has built a bridge:


catholic part as the riots started Thursday. This is the poor quarter of the city. Poor in the way that you think that poverty looked like in the 1950s: the child kicks the ball with the worn bakgränder and grannies sitting in the window adorned by spetsgardiner and the Virgin Mariastatyer. Here are murals of armed irish republicans, and on Sunday walk up the hill to the service.

Police are conducting a technical examination of the scene of the crime on Friday, april 19. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne/TT

Late during maundy Thursday in carried out the northern irish police, a bet here. It all led to riots.

As many times before.

The young journalist and the author of the Lyra McKee was shot to death: a tragedy that has shaken the united kingdom. Two men, 18 and 19-year-old has now been arrested. The murder is being investigated as a terrorist incident: the arrested are suspected of having links to the organisation ”new IRA”.

not accepting the peace agreement of 1998, for them, is the police not the police. The police are representatives of a british occupying power has no right to be in northern Ireland.

northern ireland police crawling the area around the place where Lyra McKee was shot to death. Photo: Paul Faith/AFP

a Long time treated catholics as second-class citizens in northern Ireland. As late as in the 1960s and 1970s, many did not have even the right to vote: to vote in the local elections you had to either own or rent your own residence. It excluded the poorest.

And the poorest were catholics.

is both about class and about religion. But the teenagers who are now suspected for the murder of Lyra McKee remembers, of course, none of this.

There has been peace in northern Ireland for over twenty years.

”We were fredsavtalets children”, wrote the now-murdered journalist Lyra McKee. ”Our fate was to never have to experience the horrors of war, but rather to get the harvest of peace the results”, she continued.

”the Problem was that they never seemed to reach us”.

And the last few years everything has become more complicated.

When Tony Blair in his life the greatest political moment in 1998, to advertise peace in northern Ireland, none had thought that the Uk would have to go out of the EU. The peace agreement is based on both the Uk and Ireland are members of the EU.

the sensitive border between the countries open. But when the Uk leaves the EU (and the EU customs union) will border with Ireland to become an external EU border.

It will need to be checked.

In any way.

And the last one had controls this blew up people them in the air.

was last week have chosen to take the Uk out of the EU without an agreement. But she did not. Instead, she crawled under humiliating forms back to Brussels.

It is said that it was because of northern Ireland. The british prime minister, claimed to have realized the risk of violence in northern Ireland as a hard Brexit could mean. And all this was before Thursday's dödsskjutning.

Lyra McKees death has once again reminded all of the pages.

If just how much is at stake.

Two suspects arrested after the murder of a journalist in northern Ireland

the surveillance Camera captures suspected killer

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