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Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Belfast Flag Violence  Continues 5th Night

Petrol bombs, rocks and fireworks have been thrown at police in a fifth consecutive night of violence in Belfast. Protesters are demonstrating against the restricted use of the union flag at City Hall. Officers have deployed water canon.

Shots fired during loyalist flag violence in Belfast

'Barrage of missiles' against police

by Richard Gaisford - Daybreak Chief Correspondent
There has been a sustained barrage of missiles against police, some of which are big rocks. Water cannon has been used in retaliation.
It's an odd situation with loyalists on both sides of the police

Police use water cannon in Belfast

by Richard Gaisford - Daybreak Chief Correspondent
Police with water cannon trying to push loyalists up Lower Newtownards Road away from nationalists. Credit: Richard Gaisford/Daybreak
Fireworks and bottles are being thrown in east Belfast, near St. Matthews Church. Missiles appear to come from the nationalists behind the peace wall.
Police are using water cannon in bid to push the loyalists up Lower Newtownards Road away from nationalists.
'Petrol bombs and missiles' thrown in Dundonald
Police move off from Belfast City Hall in large numbers amid reports of petrol bombs in Dundonald. Credit: Richard Gaisford/Daybreak
Petrol bombs and other missiles have been thrown at police officers in Dundonald, east of Belfast, 
Protesters head towards the police line. Credit: Richard Gaisford/Daybreak
Protesters move back to the main gates of Belfast City Hall after a short-lived encounter with the police.Credit: Richard Gaisford/Daybreak

Crowd 'tries to force gates open' at Belfast City Hall

A crowd listens to a speech outside the Belfast City Hall. Credit: Richard Gaisford/Daybreak
A crowd listens to a speech condemning the British Flag decision outside the Belfast City Hall. Some members attempted to force the gates open with no success.ABOUT 3 HOURS AGO

trouble ahead of council meeting

Police have sealed off the east entrance to Belfast City Hall ahead of the monthly council meeting. Credit: Richard Gaisford/Daybreak
Two water cannon wait the side streets close to Belfast City Hall. Credit: Richard Gaisford/Daybreak
Around 500 protesters arrive at Belfast City Hall, many carrying the Union flag. Credit: Richard Gaisford/Daybreak

UVF Belfast violence

Belfast violence
A burned out car during disturbances which erupted in east Belfast. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire
Senior members of the paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) are orchestrating loyalist street violence that has seen police come under attack in Belfast for the past four nights, Northern Ireland's Chief Constable has said.
While the violence has erupted at ongoing Union flag protests in the east of the city, Matt Baggott today called for an end to all such demonstrations across the region.
So far 62 police officers have been injured and 96 people arrested in violence which Mr Baggott described as "utterly unacceptable" and "being done for their own selfish motives."
Loyalists pickets have been continuing since early December in response to a decision by Belfast City Council to limit the number of days the flag flies over City Hall.

Irish politicians targeted with death threats

Several Northern Ireland politicians have received bullets or other forms of ammunition in the post in recent weeks, including:
  • Cross-community Alliance Party East Belfast MP Naomi Long
  • Alliance leader David Ford
  • Councillor Gerardine Mulvenna
  • Sinn Fein Assembly members Gerry Kelly and Alex Maskey
  • SDLP Assembly member Patsy McGlone
The death threats have come amid street violence that has broken out following loyalist protests over the flying of the Union flag from Belfast's city hall.

Bullet sent to Assembly member in post

Patsy McGlone
Patsy McGlone said threats would not put him off his job of representing the people of Mid Ulster. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Archive
Nationalist assembly member Patsy McGlone has hit out at "faceless fascists" after he became the latest politician in Northern Ireland to receive a death threat in the post.
The senior SDLP figure confirmed he was sent a package with his name and picture that contained a bullet and sympathy card.
He paid tribute to the staff at the Royal Mail sorting office near Belfast, who intercepted the parcel, and the Police Service of Northern Ireland for their "professionalism and vigilance."