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17,324. It was a brutal and audacious bank robbery using the maximum threat of violence and death.  It sent shock waves around the world just days before Christmas in 2004 the theft of £26.5 took place from the headquarters of the Northern Bank in Belfast Northern Ireland.  (Gangstas & Banks & Belfast)  Britain’s Biggest Heists II: The Northern Bank Robbery

 

17,325.  Two employees and their families were abducted and held hostage by a criminal gang who threatened them with violence and death.  (Gangstas & Banks & Belfast)  ibid.

 

17,326. Following the raid the Northern Bank announced that it would take the drastic step to withdraw all its bank notes.  (Gangstas & Banks & Belfast)  ibid.

 

 

17,327.  Too many things point it having been the IRA.  One is the manner of taking people hostage ... Second is the scale of the thing.  (Gangstas & Banks & Belfast)  Professor Richard English, author The History of the IRA

 

 

65,007.  This is Belfast.  It’s fifteen years since the troubles came to an end here … But this city is still divided up between Catholics and Protestants.  And summertime here often means rioting.  Petrol Bombs and Peace: Welcome to Belfast, BBC 2013

 

65,008.  Massive riots kicked off when the British flag was taken down from Belfast City Hall … They went crazy for weeks.  ibid.

 

65,009.  Ardoyne: even the bus-stops are Catholic or Protestant.  ibid.

 

65,010.  In the violence that followed, 3,600 people died and up to 50,000 were injured.  ibid.

 

65,011.  ‘Just celebrating our culture.’  ibid.  bandsman building bonfire

 

65,012.  People are prepared to believe almost anything about each other.  ibid.

 

65,013.  The rioting continued for four days and spread across the city.  Rioters threw nearly 130 petrol bombs.  ibid.

 

 

95,874.  Some people did call it a revolution.  And some people called it the Troubles – an equally useless word.  (Belfast & Records)  Good Vibrations, BBC 2015

 

95,875.  We’ve got reggae; what have they got?  (Belfast & Records) ibid.

 

95,876.  I’ll put that record out.  I dunno.  How hard could it be?  (Belfast & Records)  ibid.

 

95,877.  The revolutionary power of the seven inch single.  (Belfast & Records)  ibid.

 

95,878.  There were no winning sides back then.  (Belfast & Records)  ibid.

 

 

95,879.  In Belfast, I have seen whole streets burned out by sectarian warfare between different sects of Christianity, and interviewed people whose relatives and friends have been kidnapped or killed or tortured by rival religious death squads, often for no other reason than membership of another confession.  Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great p18   

 

 

99,765.  This is the story of a dramatic and deadly series of events that took place at two funerals in Belfast in March 1988.  (Belfast & Funeral)  The Funeral Murders, BBC 2018

 

99,766.  The Gibraltar 3 were unarmed when they were killed … The coffins were driven 100 miles north across the border to Belfast.  (Belfast & Funeral)  ibid.   

 

99,773.  A sense of nervousness about how the funeral would be policed.  (Belfast & Funeral)  ibid.

 

99,859.  This triple republican funeral was a major event in west Belfast with thousands of people lining the route.  (Belfast & Funeral)  ibid.    

 

99,860.  ‘There was a loud boom’ … ‘And then people were sort of in a panic’ … ‘There were more explosions’ … ‘I seen this fellow, ended up Michael Stone, having this handgun’ … ‘Then he pulled out a grenade’ … The crowd of mourners caught up with him and successfully overpowered him.  (Belfast & Funeral)  ibid.

 

116,957.  He [Stone] attacked the mourners indiscriminately injuring 60 people and killing three of the young men.  (Belfast & Funeral)  ibid. 

 

116,958.  Just 72 hours after the funeral of the Gibraltar three republicans prepared for another funeral … IRA volunteer Michael Brady who’d been killed by Michael Stone three days earlier.  (Belfast & Funeral)  ibid.

 

116,959.  British soldiers who had been travelling in an unmarked vehicle.  (Belfast & Funeral)  ibid.  

 

 

118,213.  I met a women: she said that she is Belfast, the city of Northern Ireland where I grew up.  The woman said that she is as old as the city … so I listened.  I Am Belfast, 2015, opening dialogue

 

118,214.  We made the world’s linen and ships for the seven seas.  ibid.  woman

 

118,215.  This is a colour study: steel grey and purple.  ibid.  

 

118,216.  Now these yellow dinosaurs munch here.  ibid.

 

118,217.  Our buses became skeletons.  Soon, CS canisters were used in my streets.  Soldiers raided houses in the Falls Road then blockaded the area.  ibid.  

 

118,218.  26 in just over an hour.  The bombers said they wanted to make of me a commercial desert.  11 die and 130 are injured.  Body parts are scattered all over me.  (Belfast & Bomb)  ibid.   

 

118,219.  That old luminosity was still there.  ibid.

 

118,220.  We’ve more walls keeping Salt and Sweet apart than I can ever remember.  ibid.

 

123,285.  In 1998 the Good Friday Agreement was signed, brokering a peace deal between Republicans and Unionists in Northern Ireland.  Nearly a decade later Al Jazeera visited Belfast to explore ongoing divisions in the city.  (Northern Ireland & Belfast & Border)  Walls of Shame: Northern Ireland’s Troubles, Al Jazeera 2016/2007

 

123,286.  The modern history of Northern Ireland has been dominated by one thing: the Troubles.  (Northern Ireland & Belfast & Border)  ibid.

 

123,287.  What Northern Ireland has now is not so much peace as an absence of conflict.  (Northern Ireland & Belfast & Border)  ibid.

 

123,288.  Today there are believed to be 41 deliberate barriers across Belfast.  (Northern Ireland & Belfast & Border)  ibid.