Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Man charged over flag protests

Willie Frazer at loyalist protests near Belfast city hall. Picture date: Saturday January 5, 2013
Willie Frazer at loyalist protests near Belfast city hall. Picture date: Saturday January 5, 2013
Willie Frazer is being questioned as part of a new police investigation into illegal marches and parades
Willie Frazer talks to Sara Girvin as loyalist protestors converge on Belfast city hall. Picture date: Saturday January 5, 2013

One of the chief organisers of the street demonstrations in protest against lowering of the Union flag at Belfast City Hall has been charged.

Willie Frazer, 52, from Markethill, Co Armagh will appear in court on Friday accused of a number of offences including taking part in an unnotified public procession and obstructing traffic in a public place.

He will appear in front of a magistrate in Belfast.

Police charged him just hours after detaining a second man who is also heavily involved in organising the demonstrations following a decision by councillors in Belfast to restrict the flying of the flag to designated days.

Jamie Bryson, 23, was arrested in Bangor, Co Down on suspicion of public order offences.

Loyalists have been on the streets of the city since before Christmas after the councillors voted to restrict the flying of the flag to designated days.

Up to 150 police officers have been injured in violent clashes, mostly in east Belfast where paramilitaries were heavily involved in orchestrating the disorder.

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