Eleven held during Operation Standstill

Published Monday, 21 January 2013
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Eleven people have been arrested during loyalist flag protests across Northern Ireland, dubbed Operation Standstill.

Eleven held during Operation Standstill
Flag protestors block the Castlereagh Road in east Belfast amid heavy snow (© Pacemaker)

The demonstrations which aimed to restrict movement throughout the region took place between 6pm and 8pm on Monday.

Six men and two women were arrested on suspicion of obstructing a highway following a protest in the Knock Dual Carriageway area of east Belfast.

Meanwhile in Londonderry's Waterside, three men were arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including disorderly behaviour and obstructing a highway.

In Belfast, Shankill Road at Browns Square, Cambrai Street, and Castlereagh Street were blocked by protestors.

Elsewhere police reported flag protests at Ballyclare Square, on Coast Road in Glenarm, on Rossdowney Road in Londonderry and in Fountain Hill in Antrim.

The Lisburn Road from Elmwood Avenue to Shaftesbury Square and the Albertbridge Road from its junction with Castlereagh Street and Mountpottinger Road to Connswater were also affected by protests.

The Shore Road at Mount Vernon, My Lady's Road, Malone Road at Dub Lane and Sandy Row at Boyne Bridge have reopened after roads blocks were lifted.

Meanwhile Translink said all east Belfast Metro services were suspended for a time "due to numerous protests" on Monday night.

The demonstrations began last month, after Belfast City Council voted to restrict the flying of the Union flag to 18 designated days.

Earlier this month the first so-called Operation Standstill took place as protestors took to the streets to voice their opposition to the Belfast flag decision across Northern Ireland.

Although violence has broken out at some flag protests, police said the majority of demonstrations were peaceful.

© UTV News
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45 Comments
gerry in australia wrote (617 days ago):
Flag protest, dont you know the rest of the world are laughing at you!
Tomc in Belfast wrote (617 days ago):
Bored...Yawn...couldn't give a monkeys. Sun still rises, world still turns, cars still move.....peaceful protest? pointless, useless protest morelike. Bird poo on my car is more of an issue.
Jack in Belfast wrote (617 days ago):
Good to see that the PSNI are starting to do their job and arrest those who break the law by blocking roads. Peacefully blocking roads is just as illegal as peacefully shoplifting. I look forward to the Courts making an example of those charged by handing down tough sentences. Is all this really worth a criminal record, ruined job prospects and the barring from numerous countries outside the EU (the USA and Australia being two who are not keen to allow convicted criminals to visit their countries)?
Ady in front of a warm fire wrote (617 days ago):
@ Gazza ..." Well done,to stand in that weather you have at least a backbone" Ha-Ha .You would also need feet,legs and a sense of balance not to mention a huge dollop of stupidity and a dash of bigoted nostalgia.
henry in north of ireland wrote (617 days ago):
good auld poster gazza cheering on the protesters from the comfort of his computer i guess he must be one of these internet warriors we hear so much about, always ready to lead from the back, always ready to let some one else take the flack and do the time, and i guess it wasnt snowing in his bedroom either....just another fireside loyalist lol
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