Two charged after east Belfast protest

Published Sunday, 20 January 2013
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Two men have been charged in connection with disorder following a loyalist flag protest in east Belfast.

Two charged after east Belfast protest
Protestors return to east Belfast via Middlepath Street. (© Pacemaker)

The pair, aged 18 and 20, were detained in the Albertbridge Road area on Saturday.

They were both charged with disorderly behaviour. The 20-year-old was also charged with provocative conduct.

They are due to appear at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Monday.

A 15-year-old boy who was arrested in the area has been released unconditionally.

Loyalists returned to the east of the city following a peaceful protest at Belfast City Hall on Saturday afternoon via the lower Newtownards Road near the Short Strand interface.

The Albertbridge Road and Castlereagh Street were closed while a flag protest took place.

The demonstration ended without the scenes of violence and rioting which broke out in the area after previous weekend flag protests.

Police said neighbourhood policing teams were involved in patrolling the interface on Saturday.

Earlier at City Hall, 600 people gathered to voice their opposition to a council decision to fly the Union flag on 18 designated days instead of 365 days a year.

They made their way to the city centre for the seventh week since the dispute began amid a heavy police presence.

Meanwhile a PSNI spokesperson said a protest also passed without incident in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim where a road block was cleared by police.

The Union flag is flying at Belfast City Hall on Sunday to celebrate the Countess of Wessex's birthday - one of the designated days.

© UTV News
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Eamonn Andrews in Belfast wrote (549 days ago):
Are the PSNI going to police, properly or what. 2 arressts is a complete joke. If this was Nationalists there would have been a lot more than 2 people arressted. The PSNI want nationalists to put their faith in them, but how can they when they read stories like this.Is it not a joke that this even makes the headlines. DISGRACE.
David in Belfast wrote (549 days ago):
Who are these people appearing before the courts.....name and shame them, they could be living in my street....I'd like to know who to keep a watch on.!!!
Newtownabbey in Newtownabbey wrote (550 days ago):
I wonder how many will be lifted from short strand?
Steve in belfast wrote (550 days ago):
If you are British in Ulster, you are now a pariah. Charges can brought against you for patriotism, speaking your mind, stating the obvious, or throwing a snowball. Justice has left this part of the UK, just as equality, honesty, and political transparency have.
realistic in planet earth wrote (550 days ago):
Let's stand back and look at the big picture here for two minutes.... I suspect there are bigger forces at work here, police standing back while the protestors basically make fools of themselves, Dave at No10 is very quiet about it all..... Loyalism basically imploding- no strategy, no united voice, no clear idea of what has happened (ie they're in the minority now), and most worrying of all no real idea of what is going to happen at some stage- a break from the UK.... Now, I suspect MrC at No10 is basically giving these protestors enough rope to hang themselves- so that the UK can walk away from NI with a clear (british) conscience.... Look at the history of the british commonwealth around the world! Then take the economic situation, the UK cannot afford to keep NI- especially millions policing riots in an area which is of no economy benefit to their interests. They would actually MAKE money by doing business with either a united ireland, or an independent NI- without the hassles.... Big changes are afoot people, let's make it peacefull, and remember we ALL have to compromise in life.... UTV please print this :)
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