On 4 April 2021, unrest continued for a third consecutive night in the cities of Belfast and Londonderry (Derry), as well as in other unionist areas of Northern Ireland. Individuals threw Molotov cocktails and bricks at police officers in the town of Carrickfergus, located approximately 20 km (10 mi) north of Belfast. Protesters also set fire to trash bins and blocked the North Road. Meanwhile, rioters set fire to trash bins and blocked the Cloughfern roundabout in the town of Newtonabbey, located on the northern outskirts of Belfast. Police officers were also attacked in Londonderry. In addition, on the night of 3 April, rioters threw at least 30 Molotov cocktails at police officers in Newtownabbey and set ablaze three vehicles. The violence escalated on 2 April, when crowds of mostly young people set vehicles on fire and threw Molotov cocktails and other projectiles at police officers in Belfast and Londonderry. At least 15 police officers were injured in Belfast, and 12 others were injured in Londonderry during the violence on 2 April. Authorities arrested a total of eight people. The unrest occurred amid increasing tensions regarding trade regulations for Northern Ireland following the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU and growing disagreements between the Democratic Unionist Party and the Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein, which jointly govern Northern Ireland. Unionist supporters also resent the government’s decision not to prosecute approximately two dozen members of Sinn Fein, who attended the June funeral of a former leader of the Irish Republican Army, violating the coronavirus-related ban on large gatherings.