Troubles in Belfast 2005: Hate and Profit
In my opinion the “Troubles” still exist in Belfast. These do not only correspond to the religious question of whether a person or region is Catholic or Protestant but also to that of whether Northern Ireland should be part of Ireland or England and to whom special parts of the city belong to. Because of the terror of the IRA and the big murals, the Troubles in the past will never be forgotten. Furthermore the hate between the different groups is passed on to the following generation. And as small children grow up, taught to hate the other group and to view the Troubles as normal and useful, they will continue them. However, I had the impression that Belfast is starting to profit from the Troubles, for example through the black cab tours to the murals or several commemorative plaques.
Esther Antkowiak

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