Two teenagers charged after protests

Published Tuesday, 15 January 2013
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Two teenage boys have been charged in connection with disorder which erupted in the wake of further loyalist flag protests.

Two teenagers charged after protests
Trouble broke out after further flag protests in Belfast (© Pacemaker)

A 17-year old boy has been charged with rioting in connection with trouble which broke out in the east of the city on Monday night.

Crowds attacked police responding to reports that petrol bombs had been thrown at a Catholic church in the nationalist Short Strand area.

A police officer was injured and water cannon was used as stones and petrol bombs were thrown.

A bus driver was also injured during an attempted hijacking and stones were thrown at another bus on the Newtownards Road.

Two men, aged 28 and 69, arrested in connection with separate disorder following a street protest on Great Victoria Street have been released on bail.

A 16-year-old boy was also arrested in Ballymena following a protest in the Larne Road Link area.

He is due to appear before Ballymena Youth Court on Tuesday, charged with offences including disorderly behaviour and obstructing traffic.

Around 100 police officers have been hurt since the start of the flag dispute last month, while over 110 people have been arrested.

It comes after Belfast councillors voted at the start of December to restrict the flying of the Union flag over City Hall to 18 designated days.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Danny in Ulster wrote (741 days ago):
Ciaran - I don't think having both flags up together would be a good idea, it would just be an excuse for arguing and trouble from both sides. It would be better to have no flags at all. Also I don't think anyone really wants to see the army back on the streets here. It's been well over a decade since we had toops on the streets, and the primary role of the army is national defence, not dealing with civil unrest and public disorder, thats the role of the police.
Ciaran in Derry wrote (741 days ago):
I think its now about time the PSNI chefs decided to bring the army back to bring order back to the streets of Belfast. Its great turning the tv on and not having Derry/Londonderry in the headlines for the wrong reasons but its unfort that were turning our tvs on and having Northern Ireland on national tv across the world for the wrong reasons. I think the only way forward for this is to put a Northern Ireland flag up and or put both the Union Jack and Tri-colour flag up together. Their is many cities across N.Ireland who don't have flags up in their council buildings. For example, Derry/Londonderry could of easily placed a flag up this year for the city of culture but choose not to. I think bring the army back to Belfast streets and get the rioters under control in this way. I believe they wont be long heading home if the army was in the streets.
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