Man charged with assaulting police officer following loyalist protest parade in Belfast
A man has been charged with assaulting a police officer who was knocked unconscious during a loyalist protest parade in Belfast city centre.
Two police officers were injured in north Belfast at a demonstration after a major loyalist march in the city centre had passed off peacefully.
The PSNI said a 35-year-old man charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates' Court later this month.
Alliance North Belfast representative Councillor John Blair condemned those who attacked the police.
"Attacking the police is completely unacceptable. I hope the two injured officers will make speedy recoveries," he said.
"This incident should be unequivocally condemned by all. There can be no place in our society for any attack on the police."
Thousands had earlier taken part in a rally outside City Hall to mark the first anniversary of the council's decision to restrict the flying of the Union flag to designated days.
The PSNI have warned protesters who broke the Parades Commission determination by staying at City Hall until 1pm, instead of noon, face prosecution.
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