1.) Northern Ireland

  • 2018-12-27
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Although violence between Catholics and Protestants has subsided in recent years, tensions between the two sects persist here. 

A series of barriers known as "peace lines" divide portions of Belfast, Derry, Portadown, and other urban centers to minimize contact between  nationalist Catholics, who identify as Irish and Protestants who often self-identify as British.  

The peace lines range from a few hundred yards to several miles in length. Some have guarded entry points open during the day but closed at night.

First constructed in 1969 as a temporary solution to that year's Northern Ireland riots, they soon became permanent thanks to their effectiveness.

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