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Belfast locals fight to preserve peace walls built during Troubles

Tourists pose for a photograph next to the “peace walls” that still separate some nationalist and unionist neighborhoods in west Belfast, Northern Ireland, Wednesday, April 5, 2023. It has been 25 years since the Good Friday Agreement largely ended a conflict in Northern Ireland that left 3,600 people dead. (Peter Morrison/AP)
Tourists pose for a photograph next to the “peace walls” that still separate some nationalist and unionist neighborhoods in west Belfast, Northern Ireland, Wednesday, April 5, 2023. It has been 25 years since the Good Friday Agreement largely ended a conflict in Northern Ireland that left 3,600 people dead. (Peter Morrison/AP)

Belfast’s peace walls, built during the Troubles to tamp sectarian violence, were slated to be torn down in 2023. But locals are trying to block that. Many want them preserved as war relics & public art.

NPR’s Fatima Al-Kassab reports.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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