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Divided Belfast Keeps Barriers as Economic Malaise Spurs Riots

Agnes Lendrum has a 30-foot (9-meter) wall of brick and metal looming over her house in north Belfast, and that’s just the way she wants to keep it.

The barriers, or “peace lines” as they are known in Northern Ireland, were first erected when the province’s three-decade-long violent conflict erupted in 1969 to keep warring Protestants and Catholics apart. The numbers are increasing, with locals like Lendrum, 55, thankful for the walls keeping the two sides apart as riots flared over last month.