St. Paddy’s Day Chaos

by Blythe Harkins

The Gown, QUB

Some illicit activities include police being pelted with bottles and the 12 culprits were arrested.  A South Belfast MLA Jimmy Pratt told the press that the St. Patrick celebration was “shameful.”  He went on further to say that “It is time the local universities adopted a zero tolerance approach and expel those identified as being involved in this behaviour.”

Two years ago the student population of Belfast turned a happy go-lucky street celebration into a anti-social riot.  Because of this, the authorities and volunteers were on hand for this year’s festivities.  However, the students see this as a challenge and when police  reached the scene to quiet the chaos, but only more uprising occurred.  Twelve people were arrested after police were pelted with bottles as dozens of house parties spilled on to the street.

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