40 arrests over flag protest disorder

Published Wednesday, 12 December 2012
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A man has been arrested for disorderly behaviour and obstruction of a road in the Ormeau area of south Belfast, bringing the total number of arrests linked to disorder at flag-related protests to 40.

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The 24-year-old has since been released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.

Of the 40 arrests, 29 have been charged. A further four have been reported to the PPS, six have been released on bail and one is still being questioned.

A total of 29 police officers have been injured during outbreaks of disorder across Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, a tenth night of protests over the restriction of the flying of the Union flag at Belfast City Hall caused traffic disruption across parts of Belfast on Wednesday evening.

Among the areas affected were the Albertbridge Road in the east of the city and the Ormeau Road in the south, with long delays caused.

According to police, all affected areas have since re-opened.

More protests are understood to be planned across Northern Ireland, and in parts of Scotland and England, in the coming days.

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Siobhan in Belfast wrote (488 days ago):
Incase you didnt realise, Sinn Feinn voted to have the flag flying on certain days as a COMPROMISE, that is how adults behave in the 21st century, its a shared nation. In order for this country to move forward Sinn Feinn took the higher ground. Your own politicians r telling u to stop protesting like stubborn children, so stop all this, its Christmas, your just damaging ur own economy.
buddy the elf in belfast unfortunately wrote (490 days ago):
TiT for TaT... Who cares they done, we done, she said, he said!! December 2012 looking more like December 1912... Look after each other and have a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year
paul in tyrone wrote (490 days ago):
So Leah, one should show one's Britisnness by blocking the queens highways, breaking her law, trying to kill a member of her police and let's not forget, insulting her flag that you are demandind to be flown! Makes a lot of sense!
Proud Of NESWIreland in Belfast wrote (491 days ago):
Not enough arrests these people are disturbing everyone and everything, they need to focus on getting jobs not flying flags fed up, its 2012 not 1969 move on!!!
leah in Belfast wrote (491 days ago):
If you havent realised these protests are happening because Sinn fein is trying to remove ANYTHING remotely British from our country....pathetic....We need to stand our ground so get over the protests and stop your moaning
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