All the politicians called for calm, but the Northern Irish were back in the streets on Thursday evening. For ten days now, the unionist districts of the province have been set ablaze one after the other, arousing tensions and inciting idle young people to violence. By the end of the afternoon, dozens of masked and hooded people gathered in the Unionist district of Shankill, where countless Union Jacks float and where the locals are British before being Northern Irish. Boys tried to tear bricks from a low wall and set fire to a few tires, before erecting a makeshift barricade, surrounded by a few hundred observers. In front of them, a dozen armored police trucks and officers in riot gear.