Unrest in Northern Ireland Rears its Ugly Head…Again

Belfast, Northern Ireland (CNN) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned recent outbreaks of violence in Northern Ireland and urged a continued commitment to peace as she met with political leaders in Belfast on Friday.

“There can be no place in Northern Ireland for any violence — the remnants of the past must be quickly condemned,” she said.

Four men were arrested Thursday night after police investigating “ongoing dissident Republican activity” found what they described as a homemade rocket that could have been used to attack an armored police vehicle when they stopped a car in the Londonderry area.

Police said they also discovered an unexploded letter bomb in a postbox in the village of Clough.

Violent disorder broke out this week after a vote by Belfast city councilors to change the policy of flying the British Union flag outside Belfast City Hall all year round, restricting it to certain designated days.

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