Man bailed over online flag comments

Published Saturday, 02 February 2013
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A man has been arrested in north Belfast in connection with comments made on social media, during the ongoing flag protests.

Man bailed over online flag comments
The alleged comments were made on a social media website. (© Getty)

The 28-year-old was detained by police on Saturday morning and later released on bail, pending further enquiries.

The arrest came as efforts to resolve tensions surrounding the restriction of the flying of the Union flag at Belfast City Hall to designated days continue.

Concerns have been raised over a number of comments made online regarding the issue.

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Eamo in Belfast wrote (633 days ago):
To Jenny i agree with all sites being withdrawn if they incite people to commit acts of violence or murder. This page i think falls into that area. If there are pages just remembering the dead then for both sides i think this is a way of release and should be tolereted for a period of time. The war was traumatic and people need to get over it in their own way not keep carrying it on, so do not get at people who condemn violence they may actually be legit in their actions. Just to comment on other things i have read the tricolour does not fly 365 days in the free state and if the Union Jack was to fly on special occassions then would that not be more of a special day when it does. Think of it then you could all be proud of your nationality in remembering for eg. The queens birthday. The nationalist people do not want to erode your culture but we do not want it to be rammed down our throats either. This way everyone wins.
Ben in London wrote (633 days ago):
The Union Jack flies in Dublin beside the Irish Flag outside the Dublin city council buildings along the river. When i was in Dublin last week i saw at least 6 Union Jack flags flying all over the city outside hotels and on pubs in Temple Bar. I even saw more St George flags flying. The Union flag flies on designated days only in London. Why should Belfast be any different?
Fore Father in Hypocritesville USA wrote (634 days ago):
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances" - Really? So why where the Occupy Walls st and it's sister protests battered and gassed of the street?
realistic in planet earth wrote (634 days ago):
Hi UTV, I really enjoy these discussions on here, is there any way of uploading comments quicker? Its getting a wee tad slow :(
Michael in Belfast wrote (634 days ago):
@Jenny, you are aware that all of the EU countries flags are flying in dublin (including the union jack)? And that it is still going to be flown here but only on designated days - just like everywhere else e.g the american flag isn't flown 365 days a year in washington nor is the union jack flown all year round in england.
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