Six held in flag violence probe

Published Friday, 18 January 2013
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Six men have been arrested by police investigating street disorder following flag protests.

Six held in flag violence probe
Water cannon was used in east Belfast to dispel protestors earlier this month. (© Pacemaker)

The men, aged between 19 and 49, were detained in the Newtownabbey, Greenisland, Carrickfergus and greater Belfast areas.

More than 100 police officers have been injured in violence that has broken out following flag protests across Northern Ireland.

There was hand-to-hand fighting in the Short Strand area of east Belfast on Saturday, amid some of the worst scenes of violence since the demonstrations against Belfast City Council's decision to limit the flying of the Union flag began.

Meanwhile, more than 30 petrol bombs and other missiles were thrown during loyalists protests in Carrickfergus and Newtownabbey last week.

On Friday evening police moved in to stop protestors from blocking roads at the Cloughfern roundabout in Newtownabbey.

In Belfast a 57-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of obstruction of a road, disorderly behaviour and assault on police in the Donegall Road area of south Belfast on Friday evening.

He is assisting police with their inquiries.

A PSNI spokesperson said 124 people have been arrested since the protests began and 88 have been charged with public order offences.

© UTV News
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6 Comments
joanne martin in east belfast across fron templemore avenue. wrote (604 days ago):
i just want people to know as i do agree in why they are protesting about the flag i just want it to be all over. not only has it has effected me going out and i have the fear of not getting home i depend on the bus to get home otherwise i would have to stay in a hotel if a am unable to get a taxi home.i'm and never will be bitter i want to beable to walk the street and be safe.
Laura in Belfast wrote (605 days ago):
When was defending your countries flag a crime ? is this place turning into china... north korea?? next they will be limiting our internet access and stopping us going on facebook to arrange protests , disgusting pro-republican government , we are defending queen and country and we are treated as criminals , wait till the IRA start bombing again and we will see who you call on then to defend your citizens , shame on the UK government
ian in bangor wrote (605 days ago):
lets hope that we get more arrests of these thugs.
michael in belfast wrote (605 days ago):
good good. hope its the first of many. because people in east belfast now come out and say your destroying the area doesnt mean you walk away
Paddy in Derry wrote (605 days ago):
Only six,now if it was Catholics there would be about 200 rounded up.
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