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Clashes break out overnight in Belfast

Saturday, 05 Jan, 2013 - 01:01

Jan 5 - Several police officers are injured in overnight clashes with loyalists in the Northern Ireland city of Belfast. Sunita Rappai reports.

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Trouble in Northern Ireland's capital Belfast for the second consecutive night as police clash with pro-British loyalists. Nine officers were injured and 18 people arrested as up to 300 protesters reportedly hurled petrol bombs, fireworks and stones. The violence comes a day after 10 police officers were injured during another demonstration, also in East Belfast, following a decision to reduce the number of days the Union Flag is flown from Belfast City Hall. That decision a month ago, after a vote by mostly nationalist pro-Irish councillors, prompted the most sustained violence in the city in years. Anti-British Catholic dissident groups have so far not joined in the flag protests, however, limiting the threat to Northern Ireland's 15-year-old peace. Loyalists plan to hold another demonstration calling for reinstating the Union Flag outside City Hall on Saturday.

Clashes break out overnight in Belfast

Saturday, 05 Jan, 2013 - 01:01

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