The Belfasttaxitour is very interesting. Our guide, Rab, drives us to Falls Road in West-Belfast. He tells that a young Irish man (who was at home on holiday as a British soldier in Germany) by accident was shot by the British in the seventies. He shows the Peace Line. The murals are also very interesting. In the catholic area the murals are rather leftist, underline solidarity and freedom and also deal with international themes. So you can see Bobby Sands as well as Nelson Mandela, Che Guevera, Hugo Chavez and Guernica from Picasso. In the protestant area, in and around Shankill Road, you see more (para-)military leaders and historical facts (Battle of the Boyne, D-Day, and so on). There are also many British pennants and parts of the footpaths are sometimes painted in white, red and blue – the British colours. Along the Peace Line there is commemoration park on a place where a lot of catholic houses burnt.
The catholics in Ireland have a history which is similar to the history of Flanders, where I was born and where I live. Flemish people knew also a lot of poverty for centuries. They were discriminated by the French-speaking elite because they spoke their own language (Dutch) and they could never hope on any social progess. Sinds the late sixties of the 20th century, Flanders is richer than the French-speaking groups in Brussels and Wallonia. Now, ironically, Flanders doesn’t want to be solidary.
Bart De Groote
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