There was more rioting in Derry last night after police attempted to carry out searches in the Creggan area following on from a mortar bomb being found pointing at a police station in the nearby border town of Strabane. Petrol bombs were thrown at police and several homes had to be evacuated. This is the same part of town where the journalist Lyra Mckee was recently shot dead. Creggan homes evacuated and police attacked There was also an incident in New Lodge, Belfast recently relating to an "anti-internment" bonfire demanding the release of those arrested for dissident activity. Police attempted to dismantle the bonfire but were ultimately forced to retreat by people throwing petrol bombs. Three police officers injured in bonfire trouble There has been an uptick in dissident activity recently, including a car bomb outside a court house in Derry and a failed attempt to bomb a police car in Belfast, as well as some unsuccessful letter bombs. They are not as well trained or experienced as the Provos and are decidedly amateurish, but they are gaining experience and it is really only a matter of time before they pull off a successful attack. If this was any other part of the UK it would have a mega thread by now, so I decided it is time for a dedicated Northern Ireland dissident thread. IMO the root of this the remnants of the old guard feeding on unemployed youths with few prospects, who are attracted to anything that could give their lives meaning and offer the chance to be a hero. However, it is hard to see how mortar bombing a police station really furthers the cause of a united Ireland - on the contrary it is more likely to entrench opposition just at the time where some from a Protestant background are starting to become open to the idea. It is difficult to say to what extent Brexit has revitalised the dissident Republican movement, however a hard border would certainly stir things up.