3rd day of clashes in Northern Ireland
Violence has continued for a third straight day in Northern Ireland with protesters angry at a decision by Belfast City Council to stop flying the British flag. On Saturday, police used water cannon to fend off brick-hurling protesters.
More than 1,000 demonstrators marched on Belfast city hall amid a heavy police presence. The rally passed largely without incident, but the police later came under attack from a mob of more than 100 people, hurling bricks and fireworks. Two men have been arrested.
The decision to remove the flag was taken by the council on December 3rd. Dozens of police have been injured in the ensuing demonstrations. Many protestants want the council to reverse the decision.
Issues of national symbolism frequently inflame sectarian tension in Northern Ireland, where protestants mainly want to stay in the UK, and Catholics want to unite with the Republic of Ireland.