Flag protests are expected to be held across many parts of the Province on Friday night in what are expected to be the last demonstrations before Christmas.
Dozens of demonstrations are expected in the greater Belfast area, including a protest outside the offices of the Alliance Party on the Upper Newtownards Road.
Further protests – scheduled for 6pm – will also be held simultaneously in Bangor, Armagh, Londonderry, Carrickfergus and Portadown and many other towns, details of which have not yet been finalised.
The protests, which have continued on a daily basis since the decision was taken to restrict the flying of the Union Flag at Belfast City Hall, are being co-ordinated on social networking site Facebook. Reports that a protest was planned for City Hall on Saturday at 1pm have not been confirmed.
In a message posted on Thursday, one organiser even called on motorists stuck in traffic to join in the protest.
“Tomorrow [Friday] at 6pm Northern Ireland is going to come to a standstill,” the message began.
“The peaceful protests will last one hour and this will be the last Province-wide protest until after Christmas.
“Even the mainland is taking part, so do your country proud, grab a Union Flag and go to your community protest. People that are stuck in traffic instead of sitting in your car get out and join in.
“It shall quieten down after Friday until the 27th then we will take to our streets again, and to the people saying it’s only a flag, try telling that to the people out giving their lives for it.”
On Thursday, a statement from the loyalist, unionist umbrella group – the United Protestant Voice (UPV) – revealed plans for a major event on New Year’s Eve.
“We would like to encourage all interested parties from around the Province to join us in a mass lantern release on New Year’s Eve at 23.59,” it said.
“As we see in the New Year, we feel that it is important to reaffirm our pledge, as a community, to stand united in the quest to uphold our cultural identity, for which many innocent victims have paid a heavy price in the past.”
The group, which was set up to address loyalist cultural concerns prior to the decision at City Hall, said they would only engage with the DUP-UUP-led Unionist Forum after consulting their members.
It added: “As such we will organise a meeting during the first week of January, where all protest organisers and interested parties are invited to attend to represent the views of the unionist people within your area.
“We would like to reiterate that this group is not part of the Unionist Forum and there will be no engagement with it, without the consensus of the people on the ground.
“We would encourage all members of the PUL (Protestant/Unionist/Loyalist) community taking part in Friday’s nationwide protest to do so in a peaceful and dignified manner to ensure that we can portray the right image of unionism/loyalism and gain support from the wider PUL community.”