Unrest Continues in Belfast
Protests in Belfast during the last few days have subsided, with clashes between supporters of the maintenance of Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom and the national movement, demanding separation.
The police have had to confront both groups during the protests.
According to Euronews, yesterday the number of detainees had risen to 70 people. The main reason for these mass protests was the decision of the Belfast City Hall to ban raising the British flag in ferial days.
Belfast Council decided to withdraw from City Hall the British flag that has waved there since 1906. It was agreed that the flag will be raised above the municipality only 17 days in a year - in honor of the official holidays and anniversaries of Great Britain.
Immediately after the decision was announced, however, pro-British groups stormed City Hall, pelting police with stones, bottles and other objects.
As a result, mass clashes broke out between supporters of the preservation of Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom and the national movement that seeks separation of the region from the UK.
On Sunday during the demonstration, when representatives of the national movement attacked the supporters of British rule, police had to use water cannons. The youth did not disperse until the morning, throwing at the police petrol bombs and bricks.
Unrest continues in Belfast since December of last year, and the efforts of the authorities has not yet lead to its elimination.
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