Shopping, restaurants and café society is effectively held hostage by the people in shell suits.

On Friday night, the Belfast bourgeoisie fought back with their own “#OperationSitin.”
It trended on Twitter. Quite a few of the restaurants stayed open, with a sort of Blitz spirit among the diners. But for the indefinite future, probably until the protesters get tired or until some major catastrophe triggers a rethink, the city’s post-peace shopping and café society is effectively held hostage by the people in shell suits.
Belfast’s middle classes, like many on the mainland and the puzzled tourists waiting at deserted bus stops, rather assumed that Northern Ireland had been “fixed.” As the last 40 days have shown, it really hasn’t.

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