UNION FLAG PROTESTS IN BELFAST AND CARRICK

The Union flag use to fly on Belfast City Hall

The Union flag use to fly on Belfast City Hall

UNION flag protests were held in Belfast and Carrick on Wednesday evening causing some minor traffic disruption.

The protests resumed this week in a row over its removal from Belfast City Hall last month.

The main Belfast Road in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, was blocked for a short time close to Sainsbury’s car park.

More than 100 people took part in the peaceful demonstration, amid a large police presence.

In Belfast, there was disruption to some metro bus services due to protests at Woodstock Link and Hesketh Park.

Translink said diversions and delays were to be expected on its 6A, 18 & 19 metro services in east Belfast and it 57 and 11A services in the north of the city.

Street demonstrations have been taking place across Northern Ireland since Belfast City Council voted to change its long-standing flag policy on 3 December.

Loyalists have protested against the decision to fly the union flag at Belfast City Hall on designated days, rather than all year round.

Detail of upcoming Union flag protests
Detail of upcoming Union flag protests

One of the protests is being planned at O’Neill Road/Prince Charles Way roundabout beside Carnmoney Cemetery on Friday, January 4, 6pm – 8pm.

The PSNI have warned motorists are being warned to expect disruption in the area.

Organisers say they have decided to move protests away from Cloughfern Corner due to the presence of Northern Ireland Hospice at Whiteabbey Hospital.

 

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