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This painting, from a photograph, depicts a British soldier walking through the streets of a Catholic neighborhood in Belfast.

 


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British Soldier in Irish Ghetto, Belfast, North of Ireland. 20 x 16. Oil paint sticks on a an acrylic pumice base. March 2014.

Ireland was England's first colony. When my son and I were in the north of Ireland in 2008, we witnessed what "The Troubles" are all about. The Irish, permanent second class citizens for 300 years to the English, live in areas designated as Catholic ghettos and have to be careful where they go and how they live. The English and their Loyalist thugs the Ulster Defense Association are not supporters of equity.