Northern Ireland street battles over Union Jack continue
More than two dozen police officers were hurt in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Saturday in more battles over restrictions on flying the Union flag.
The officers were trying to separate Irish nationalists who fought with British loyalists returning from a demonstration in the city centre to the Protestant east side.
A group of mostly hooded men and youths waited by their doors in the Catholic enclave called Short Strand, armed with bats, golf clubs and other makeshift weapons and the opposing sides began throwing objects.
Police separated the two groups and fired several plastic bullets, before loyalists turned on the police and threw stones and bottles at them.
Officers had to intervene in a second round of street fighting after nightfall.....Read more
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