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.
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.