End Siege Of Short Strand

Short Strand is a Catholic enclave of about 1,000 people in Protestant east Belfast. Throughout 2001 and 2002, the interface saw gun battles and rioting between the two factions. Here is a Guardian account of events in 2002. Above is a rejection of the new PSNI “There are many reasons for not joining the PSNI – this is just one” with a series of wanted posters (seen Collusion! Collusion! and Collusion Is State Murder plus one of Patrick Mayhew). Both parts by Ógra Shinn Féin. Divis Street, Belfast.

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Ban Plastic Bullets

The long wall on Divis Street, Belfast, was originally largely covered by a to-scale stencil, called ‘Ban Plastic Bullets‘, detailing the distances at which the victims of plastic bullets were shot. The addition of Spot The Difference and West Belfast Taxis Tours in 2003 meant that only about half of it remained. These two are the right-hand side of the remaining mural.

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West Belfast Taxis Tours

Although visitors have been touring the murals for years, this Divis Street, Belfast, this board advertising black taxi tours is an early indicator of what is sometimes called “troubles tourism”, five years after the ratification of the Good Friday Agreement. The “mural” second from the right is in fact a poster for the 1996 film Michael Collins.

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