Protesters have torched a car in the center of Belfast as rioting broke out over the city’s decision to remove the British flag from City Hall building for most of the year, besides the 17 official holidays.
According to a spokeswoman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Police are “dealing with minor disturbances in the Shaftesbury Square area.”
The road was closed to traffic while witnesses said protesters attacked officers with stones, bottles and other missiles.
Protests in Belfast erupted after a Catholic majority in the city’s government voted to limit the number of days the Union flag could be flown over City Hall.
The activists are reportedly planning to hold a major demonstration in Belfast on Saturday.
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