Belfast Telegraph

Loyalists threaten biggest flag protest in Northern Ireland

By David McKittrick

Loyalist protesters in Northern Ireland are threatening to stage their biggest-ever day of disruption tomorrow as they maintain their long-running campaign against the flying of the union flag in Belfast.

Demonstrators will attempt to escalate their campaign of disturbance with roadblocks not just in Belfast, which has borne the brunt of their tactics, but across Northern Ireland.

So far there has been little disruption outside the city, but with police evidently reluctant to clear the roads of the youths, women and children involved, it will be a tense time.

More than 100 arrests have been made, with more than 60 police officers injured, during disorder which has been going on since early December.

The union flag was again hoisted at Belfast city hall yesterday, left, to mark the Duchess of Cambridge's 31st birthday, but was taken down in the evening.

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