Roads reopen after city centre protest

Published Saturday, 02 February 2013
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Roads in Belfast city centre have been reopened, after earlier warnings from police about disruption arising out of the latest in a series of flag protests.

Roads reopen after city centre protest
Protestors gathered outside Belfast City Hall. (© Pacemaker)

Loyalists marched to City Hall from the east of the city on Saturday morning, with a number of diversions put in place for motorists.

The protest has since ended and all roads have been reopened.

A heavy police presence was put in place in the city centre ahead of Saturday's demonstration.

Protests have been ongoing since the change in policy regarding the flying of the Union flag at Belfast City Hall back in December.

Violence has marred demonstrations on a number of occasions and serious disruption has been caused by the blocking of roads.

Earlier this week, the Ulster People's Forum - which was established in response to the continuing dispute - announced a change in strategy and their intention to see roadblocks replaced with white line pickets and localised protests outside council offices to coincide with monthly meetings.

"If people wish to continue to protest at City Hall, that's their right to do that - as long as they don't engage in acts of violence," spokesperson Jamie Bryson told UTV, referring to the weekly Saturday demonstrations which have been held in the city centre.

© UTV News
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49 Comments
Rónán Carson in west belfast wrote (437 days ago):
the cops are a joke, how is it legal to "BLOCK" a main city centre road on a busy saturday? its a discrace, in our areas we never block anything that would disrupt the everyday life of our fellow people in the community, hence making our protest LEGAL! BAGGOT catch a grip bring out the SNATCH & GRAB squads & lock the whole lot of them up!
martin in belfast wrote (437 days ago):
the next flag to fly 365 days a year at the city hall will be a tricolour. Which should be within the next couple of years.
Belfast in Belfast wrote (438 days ago):
Thanks for the laugh "Cyril" with the "Her Majestys Money" comment. I musta missed the part where liz was printing her own cash.
Matt in Glasgow wrote (438 days ago):
Cyril give it a rest. The Flag will not go back up and SF would rather not pay their taxes to the London government, just like myself. And id say they would rather have euros than pounds in their pocket.
Cathy in Newtownabbey wrote (438 days ago):
This is getting worse. Was it not said that anyone illegally protesting would be arrested. Ahhhh when is this gonna happen.??
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