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The Loyalist have been sitting pretty by ruling NI for their own benefit for hundreds of years, wrapped in privilege.  They're losing both power and privilege and they don't like it.  The UVF, et. al., are not going to accept anything that even remotely looks like unification.  As they have recently demonstrated:

Belfast council backs down on Twelfth bonfire after UVF threats.

I note, with cynicism, the UVF disarmed in 2009 so it's a complete mystery what a " severe violent confrontation" would entail.

The UVF, et. al., have received help in the form of logistics and intelligence from various members - and bureaus? - of the UK military and intelligence services for decades.  IMHO, anyone who thinks this isn't continuing is a fool.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 05:09:06 PM EST
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There has been a lot of scuttlebutt about a marked increase in illegal imports of weapons in the last 5 years. So far, these have not been accompanied by an increase in armed crime (teenage knife crime doesn't count), so the view has been that these are being held by far right terrorist groups in anticipation of civil strife around brexit.

these people regard the UVF as brothers in arms, so I'm quite sure there has been substantial flow of weapons that way.

Fact is, just as it's undeniable that MI5 were an enthusiastic partner of the UDA/UVF during the period of the Troubles because UK plc had a vested interest in maintaining ownership of significant military industrial assets in Belfast, now that these have closed, UK plc is no longer the lsightest bit interested in supporting these embarrassing historic remnants.

MI5's phones will not be answered when the UDA ring.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 07:30:01 PM EST
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A feasible response to the bondfire: send in a helicopter with a load of orange fire suppressant foam.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 11:48:09 PM EST
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