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Third night of violence in Belfast

Sunday, January 06, 2013 - 01:18

Jan. 6 - Police fire rubber bullets and water cannon at pro-British loyalist crowd on a third consecutive night of violence in Belfast. Jessica Gray reports.

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Protesters lob bottles at police in Northern Ireland. Saturday evening marked a third consecutive night of violence in Belfast as pro-British loyalists vent their anger over a recent dispute involving the Union flag. Police say they clashed with around 100 people and used rubber bullets and water cannon to disperse the crowds. One officer was injured in the late-night violence, while several of the protesters were arrested. Officers also blocked roads to contain the chaos in some of the most sustained violence the community has seen in years. On Sunday morning, the remnants of the clashes could be seen on Belfast's normally quiet streets. The protests, which have spanned a month so far, were sparked by a decision to reduce the number of days the Union Flag is flown at Belfast City Hall. Loyalists contend the flag should be a permanent fixture. Thousands died during Northern Ireland's darkest period -- then Catholic Nationalists seeking union with Ireland fought British security forces and mainly Protestant loyalists. The violence mostly ended with a 1998 peace deal.

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Third night of violence in Belfast

Sunday, January 06, 2013 - 01:18