Petrol bombs thrown in flag disorder

Published Saturday, 22 December 2012
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Two petrol bombs were thrown at police following a flag protest in east Belfast on Friday.

Petrol bombs thrown in flag disorder
Protestors block the Donegall Road. (© Pacemaker)

The attack happened at around 7.45pm at on the Lower Newtownards Road following a protest in the area.

No one was injured and there was no damage caused.

A number of loyalist protests took place in Belfast and across Northern Ireland over the restricted flying of the union flag at Belfast city hall.

Police said they dealt with over 50 protests within an hour on Friday evening, most of which were peaceful.

A small numbers of protestors blocked the Boyne Bridge at Sandy Row, while Templemore Avenue at the Albertbridge Road and the Beersbridge Road in east Belfast were closed to traffic.

Donegall Road at Broadway, Sandy Row and Upper Malone Road in the south of the city were affected.

Protests were also held in Bangor, Carrickfergus and Ballyclare.

The demonstrations are into their third week, following a vote at Belfast City Council which saw the number of days when the Union Flag is flown at City Hall reduced to 17 designated days.

While many have been peaceful, violence broken out at some of the protests and a number of police officers have been injured.

Politicians have also been targeted during disorder, with Alliance constituency offices attacked and the party's MP Naomi Long among the representatives who have been the subject of a death threat.

© UTV News
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18 Comments
Tommy Atkins in London, England wrote (666 days ago):
Yes indeed Jim in Belfast "The solution IS simple" Close all the pubs prior to a protest and if that does not work ---then threaten to spray those great unwashed with soap. That will definately make them run away
Tommy Atkins in nectage 000 wrote (666 days ago):
Jim in Belfast Just like the drumree protest, they will be gone in a few weeks. Sure the turnout gas already di minished
jim in Belfast wrote (668 days ago):
The solution is simple, let our flag fly over Belfast city hall. Gerry once said, "they haven't gone away you know!" Well we say "we haven't either".
Pol in Belfast wrote (668 days ago):
Obviously giro chasers have plenty of time on their hands...Maybe they should put as much effort into getting a job. Have to commend the police for their restraint...must be saving their resources for the next Republican protest.
paul in tyrone wrote (668 days ago):
so in order to have our flag fly, we shall attack the police force sworn to protect and defend it! What's wrong with this picture?
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