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Northern Ireland police injured trying to defend office from rioters

Publié par Clifford Armion le 12/06/2012

Henry McDonald

Several police officers have been injured trying to protect a regional office belonging to the non-sectarian Alliance party in Northern Ireland from crowds of rioting loyalists.
The disorder in the County Antrim coastal town of Carrickfergus is connected to loyalist protests over the decision of nearby Belfast city council to end its policy of flying the union flag all year round.
Alliance councillors in Belfast city hall managed to persuade nationalists to back a compromise motion allowing for the union flag to be flown only on designated days, such as the Queen's birthday. But the decision provoked anger among unionist politicians and sparked riots outside Belfast city hall in which 18 police officers were injured on Monday. The violent protests over the union flag row have now extended to the East Antrim town, which has long-standing historical links to the Ulster loyalist-Protestant cause.
King William of Orange landed his forces in Carrickfergus in 1690 before the decisive battle against King James II's Catholic forces at the river Boyne.
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"Northern Ireland police injured trying to defend office from rioters", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2012. Consulté le 04/12/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/northern-ireland-police-injured-trying-to-defend-office-from-rioters