BELFAST CITY CENTRE COMES TO A STANDSTILL OVER UNION FLAG PROTEST

Union flag protestors gather at Belfast City Hall

Union flag protestors gather at Belfast City Hall

HUNDREDS of Union flag protestors have brought Belfast city centre to a standstill on Saturday.

The protest has been organised over social networking sites to garner opposition to the council’s decision to only fly the Union flag on 17 designated days of the year.

Protestors are carrying banners saying – Britain First – Defend Our Flag – Smash Alliance banner positioned in front of the City Hall where the vote was taken last month.

Translink Metro Service into the city centre has been halted for a while until the protest ends.

The rally has left the City Hall and marched up Donegall Place – the shopping heart of the city.

There is also a heavy police presence in and around the City Hall with some main routes blocked riot squad police and landrovers.

 

Police out in force for Union Flag protest

Police out in force for Union Flag protest

Officers are also monitoring a number of protestors who have their faces covered by scarves, hoods, and balaclavas which is a criminal offence.

Riot police with dogs are also patrolling the grounds of Belfast City Hall to prevent any security breaches of the building.

Members of the Ulster People’s Forum, set up by former FAIR director Willie Frazer, are also attending.

He said some of the protests are not being reported as taking place.

Speaking at the City Hall, Mr Frazer said:  “People are coming together. They are sick of it.”

 

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