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Video: Small loyalist protest at Belfast City Hall on anniversary of Union flag vote

By John Mulgrew

A small number of loyalist protesters have gathered at Belfast City Hall to mark the anniversary of a council decision to limit the flying of the Union flag.

Around 200 gathered outside the bustling Christmas Market at around 6pm on Tuesday evening.

The protest comes exactly one year after a council decision to limit the flying of the Union flag sparked violence on December 3 last year.

It led to months of protests and disruption right across Northern Ireland.

Several police Land Rovers were on stand-by in and around the City Hall on Tuesday.

The crowd dispersed around one hour later.

Belfast city centre remained busy, with many taking advantage of late night shopping ahead of Christmas.

The latest gathering comes after around 1,500 protesters met at City Hall on Saturday.

But those who turned out breached a Parades Commission decision to leave the city centre by 12.30pm

Police told those gathered they were now part of an illegal parade shortly after midday.

While there was no trouble in the city centre, two police officers were injured in north Belfast following the march.

One officer was hospitalised after being knocked unconscious during the ensuing tension on Saturday afternoon.

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