Flames of Fear

The North of Ireland is a complicated place – especially in July. Every year makeshift towers of debris, old tires, and wooden pallets reach higher and higher into the sky. They are decorated with sectarian slogans, political effigies, Irish flags (or Ivory Coast ones, since some can’t tell the difference between the two), and serious threats against Catholics, opposing politicians, Irish men and women, minorities, and the gay community. These dangerous displays are what they call culture this time of year and they are a horrifying example of the division that continues to exist in the North.

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The Fires of Belfast

Beautifully intimidating….if not for the symbolism, this would be a beautiful sight.

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This picture taken last night was reposted from the lads over here –
The Irish Brigade

the rest were taken from the web:

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11th night

11th night