Our Chains Will Be Broken Before We Are

Pro-Palestine stencil off New Lodge Road with a quote from hunger striker Mawan Barghouti (featured previously in an Ardoyne board). The emblem of the Popular Front For The Liberation Of Palestine is in the lower right.
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Your Kingdom Will Endure Forever

Orange emblems added to the Welcome To Loyalist Tigers Bay mural: the crown and bible, a heart and sword, a red fist and the union flag. Two Bible verses are referenced: “And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.” (2 Sam 7:16) and “You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God.” (Luke 1:31-33)
Also added to the mural is “Genesis 38:28”: “While she was giving birth, one put out a hand, and the midwife took and tied a scarlet thread on his hand, saying, “This one came out first.” But it came about as he drew back his hand, that behold, his brother came out.”
For “Vote Leave” on the gable, see Brits Out!
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text: X04232 X04233 n queen st

Extra Effort

Election posters urging people to vote unionist but without specifying the party. “Make an eXtra effort to vote this time” and “Lead by eXample – use your vote”.
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text: X04239 X04240 Ballysillan Road, Belfast.

Rise And Outshine

Two final image from UK GE 2017. Above, Sinn Féin placards in a variety of bright colours (plus one for unsuccessful North Belfast candidate John Finucane). Below, “Choose Christ” and you could find both security and change!
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Freedom Hath Arisen

“Oft from prison bars, oft from battle flashes/Oft from heroes’ lip, oftenest from their ashes.” The phoenix is used as a symbol of resistance in one of the oldest memorial plaques in Belfast (1993) with the names of deceased IRA volunteers and locals.
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Free Marwan Barghouti

Palestinian leader and secretary-general of Fatah during the 90s, Marwan Barghouti joined the Second Intifada (2000) and was arrested by Israeli forces in 2002 and sentenced to five life sentences for attacks by al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades. Barghouti laid out the rationale for the current hunger strike of 1,000 prisoner in a New York Times op-ed. He was reportedly caught eating in May.
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text: X04149 IRPWA havana st solidarity with palestine free the hunger strikers

Back To The Polls

Voters go back to the polls for a UK general election on June 8th. Election materials for the Stormont elections are still visible, such as this Gerry Kelly placard in the Sinn Féin offices in Ardoyne, defaced with a Saoradh ‘quislings’ poster, also from the last Stormont election. John Finucane, rather than Kelly, is the Sinn Féin candidate for the general election this time (Irish News).
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Drugs Kill Our Kids

“Stop drug dealers in our area.” “No drug dealers welcome in our area.” These anti-drug-dealing posters from Greater Ardoyne Residents’ Collective (Fb) are all over the area at present. A leaflet was also circulated as part of the campaign.
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Sailortown

A nautical-themed mural in Short Street providing a “Welcome to Sailortown”, including a speedy seahorse, a lobster, and a hammerhead shark. The mural was sponsored by the Community Arts Project and painted last (2016) summer by residents led by artists from Seedhead Arts (report from Clanmil Housing). Here is video of (former) residents describing life in the area (from @AndrewJMolloy).
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Oppression Breeds Resistance

Saoradh (Fb) tarp in Ardoyne with scenes of protest, including a placard reading “Sinn Fein, SDLP, Catholic church silence”. The tarp is next to the plaque for IRA volunteer Larry Marley (shown below), whose protracted funeral meant scenes from Ardoyne being broadcast worldwide.
Previously with the same slogan: Falls Curfew (“oppression breeds resistance, resistance brings freedom”) and Gaza-Ireland solidarity.
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text: X04121 X04122 assassinated in his home at havana gardens by loyalists in collusion with british crown forces on the 2nd april 1987