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Jamie Bryson off hunger and thirst strike

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th February 2013

Loyalists flag protestors outside Belfast City Hall taking part in a protest at Belfast City Hall this afternoon as part of the ongoing flags dispute.

Spokesman Jamie Bryson, left and Willie Frazer

A campaign of street demonstrations has been ongoing since Belfast City Council took a vote on 3 December which limited the number of days the union flag is flown at Belfast City Hall.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th February 2013 Loyalists flag protestors outside Belfast City Hall taking part in a protest at Belfast City Hall this afternoon as part of the ongoing flags dispute. Spokesman Jamie Bryson, left and Willie Frazer A campaign of street demonstrations has been ongoing since Belfast City Council took a vote on 3 December which limited the number of days the union flag is flown at Belfast City Hall. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

LEADING loyalist campaigner Jamie Bryson has come off hunger strike.

The Donaghadee man who had been remanded in custody on six charges connected to the ongoing union flag protests in Belfast today met

Pastor Mark Gordon in Maghaberry prison.

Mr Gordon said: “He has come off his hunger and thirst strike.

“He did look quite gaunt as he has been on hunger and thirst strike for several days since he was arrested.”

Mr Gordon said that Mr Bryson had continued with the strike while he was in police custody but that it was “a different matter” now that he was in prison.

“At one point the police thought they were going to have to admit him to hospital during questioning,” he said.

Mr Gordon said that the young loyalist had been told by doctors that refusing water would leading to a rapid deterioration inside seven days.

The Bangor Pastor also revealed that Mr Bryson has briefly met Willie Frazer in prison and “the two are considering a hunger strike and possibly a thirst strike later”.

Mr Gordon said as the leading flag protester is being held in isolation and only managed to talk to Mr Frazer briefly on his way to the shower block.

 

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