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Published on Jan 8, 2013
Violent demonstrations by Loyalist protesters continue for the fifth night row, as anger persists over the decision to stop flying the Union flag above Belfast City Hall all year round.
Police used water cannon against rioters in Belfast on Monday night, as demonstrations over flying the British flag stretched into a fifth straight day. Officers also fired baton rounds, according to some reports. Small fires were seen burning in one street, while one masked rioter was filmed hitting a police vehicle with a sledge hammer. Attempts were made to hijack a lorry, before police moved in and stopped rioters from destroying the vehicle. Protestant protesters have been out in force - with sometimes violent results - since a December 3 decision by Belfast City Council to stop flying the Union flag year-round.
More than 60 officers have been injured in the unrest, while around 100 people have been arrested. Monday's disorder broke out after a largely peaceful demonstration outside Belfast City Hall, over the council's flag decision. Some of the protesters were said to have been attacked as they walked home to East Belfast.
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