For the past few days riots have been erupting in the North of Ireland, in and around Belfast. It would appear that the Nationalist (Irish republican/catholic) rioting started in response to this year's march of the Orange order (crown loyalists/protestants), a regular event that commemorates a war that happened in the area very long ago.
The rioting has been fairly severe, with numerous police officers seriously injured. A masked gunman even wounded police officers with shotgun pellets. Nationalists have been using molotovs extensively, as well as some pipe bombs. Youth constructed barricades throughout the streets of some towns, and enthusiastically attacked armored Police riot vehicles.
The corporate media backlash is as extreme as it is predictable, all of the usual words have been brought out, "thugs," "hooligans," etc. Sinn Fein (one-time republican political party) blamed the rioting on "small, dissident republican factions" and British parliament members praised the local police forces for "acting bravely and in a restrained manner."
Obviously no corporate media dared mention that this is just a continuation of the same war for independence and against British/protestant colonization that has been raging for over 600 years.
Of course the underlying message of the riots is clear enough: some of the Irish still want a dignified, true independence. Some of them are even still willing to fight for it.
Video of the rioting can be found on the BBC website and on youtube.