As the Northern Ireland Assembly prepares to be recalled this morning over simmering unrest over a Parades Commission decision, PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott has urged MLAs to condemn all violence.
This is the second time since the summer recess started that the Assembly has been recalled.
It is set to discuss a decision by the Parades Commission to ban three Orange lodges from Ligoniel from walking along the Crumlin Road past the Ardoyne shop fronts.
The ruling sparked immense anger within the Unionist community. It is the first time Orange men have been prevented from walking along the road on their way back to their Orange hall further along the Crumlin Road.
Protests have continued every evening since July 12.
Last night demonstrations started across Northern Ireland in support of the Ligoniel lodges.
Over 70 officers have been injured while policing the disorder so far.
This morning PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott issued a statement urging MLAs to condemn the violence when they meet later.
“In the aftermath of four days of disorder and attacks on police, I would urge the Assembly to condemn all violence, unequivocally support the brave efforts of my colleagues and affirm that all protests must be both peaceful and lawful,” he said.
“The PSNI is resolved to upholding the rule of law. Today is a day for calming words and a renewed commitment from the Assembly to finding political solutions. There are already too many injured police officers and young people facing prison sentences for anything else to be acceptable.”