Police injured in east Belfast violence

Published Saturday, 08 December 2012
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A police officer has been injured during clashes with loyalist protesters in east Belfast.

Police injured in east Belfast violence
A hijacked car burns in Connswater Street, overlooked by police. (© UTV)

A PSNI spokesperson said the officer was taken to hospital as police dealt with "pockets of disorder" following the mainly peaceful loyalist flag protest outside Belfast City Hall on Saturday.

He was later discharged.

It is understood stones and other masonry were thrown at police during violence in the east of the city.

The Newtownards Road from Albertbridge Road to North Road was closed to traffic because of the disturbances on Saturday afternoon.

In nearby Connswater Street - just yards from the office of Alliance MP Naomi Long - a car was hijacked and set on fire.

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with rioting and with criminal damage. He is due to appear before Belfast Youth Court on Monday.

A 32-year-old man charged with disorderly behaviour and resisting arrest is due in court on 4 January.

Both arrests were made in the Holywood Road area of east Belfast.

On Saturday night, a police spokesperson said they were dealing with minor disturbances on the O'Neill Road in Newtownabbey. Diversions were put in place.

Earlier, police said up to 2,000 people gathered outside the City Hall for a short time to take part in a flag protest which passed off largely without incident.

It comes after a majority of Belfast City Councillors voted in favour of an Alliance motion restricting the flying of the Union Flag over the landmark building to 17 days a year.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
wesley somers in londonderry wrote (777 days ago):
sure look where its got sinn fein/ira sitting up in the hill laughing and joking way peter robinson.so its all rite for the republicans to roit and kill people but when we do peacefull protest we are the worst in the world.untill they put the flag back up the protests will continue.they will get bigger.how dare people say its only a flag,its the flag of our country.
curtis in east belfast wrote (777 days ago):
it is the politicians fault full stop !!!!!
paul in tyrone wrote (777 days ago):
To The truth, isn't that a bit of an oxymoran? SInce you cant vote for who you want as king or queen, the country is not a true democracy...... and she is not the one who gave it to the country. And Norman, you might want to check your facts about how many countries fly the national flag, over city hall, all year round!
pete in enniskillen wrote (778 days ago):
i see you have to be a loylist to even get your coment put on by u.tv
Rory in Limavady wrote (778 days ago):
In a few years time when nationalists hold the majority of seats in the council there will be no union flag flying ever again
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