Loyalist flag protestors unhappy at how anti-G8 protest was facilitated

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AS anti-G8 protestors gathered at Belfast city Hall for speeches, a separate demonstration was being staged by loyalists.

Around 100 loyalists congregated near the gates of the landmark building with around the same number of police officers forming a human barrier to ensure they were kept apart from the anti-G8 rally.

Anti G8 protesters during a rally taking place in Belfast City centre
Anti G8 protesters during a rally taking place in Belfast City centre

Flag protestors said they were not happy at how the anti-G8 protest had been facilitated by police claiming their protest has been handled differently.

PUP leader Billy Hutchinson said some saw the anti-G8 protest as being “anti-British”.

The ongoing flags protest stems from a decision made last year by Belfast City Council to limit the number of days the Union flag flies over City Hall.

 

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