TWO CHARGED WITH DISORDER FOLLOWING PEACEFUL UNION FLAG PROTEST

Union flag protetors at Belfast City Hall on Saturday

Union flag protetors at Belfast City Hall on Saturday

POLICE have charged two men in connection with disorder following a loyalist flag protest in east Belfast.

The pair, aged 18 and 20, were detained in the Albertbridge Road area on Saturday after the peaceful march to Belfast City Hall.

They were both charged with disorderly behaviour. The 20-year-old was also charged with provocative conduct and are due to appear at Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

A 15-year-old boy who was arrested in the area has been released unconditionally.

Loyalists returned to the east of the city following a peaceful protest at Belfast City Hall on Saturday afternoon via the lower Newtownards Road near the Short Strand interface.

The Albertbridge Road and Castlereagh Street were closed while a flag protest took place.

The demonstration ended without the scenes of violence and rioting which broke out in the area after previous weekend flag protests.

Police said neighbourhood policing teams were involved in patrolling the interface on Saturday.

Earlier at City Hall, 600 people gathered to demonstrate against a Council decision to fly the Union flag on 18 designated days instead of 365 days a year.

They made their way to the city centre for the seventh week since the dispute began amid a heavy police presence.

Meanwhile a PSNI spokesperson said a protest also passed without incident in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim where a road block was cleared by police.

The Union flag is flying at Belfast City Hall on Sunday to celebrate the Countess of Wessex’s birthday – one of the designated days.

 

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One Response to TWO CHARGED WITH DISORDER FOLLOWING PEACEFUL UNION FLAG PROTEST

  1. bill says:

    the youth arrested in east belfast was arrested for waving a union flag, think the psni were disappointed that the porotest went so peacefully,as they had brought so many reenforcements into the city along with a lot of make shift cells which turned out not to be used or needed, but from now on anyone arrested for something so trivial will be wanting their case to be heard before a jury as this is their civil right, meaning the psni will have to produce the evidence to the courtroom

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