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Belfast city councilors voted 29-21 on December 3 to restrict the flying of the Union Jack at city hall from every day of the year to just 15, leading to protests by hundreds of flag-waving loyalists. A number of the protesters attempted to force their way into city hall, clashing with PSNI officers and injuring 5 of them before the situation calmed down.

In this video, protesters attack PSNI Land Rovers as they try to approach city hall with crowbars and at one point, an Union Jack on a flagpole.

News Link: http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/1203/belfast-council-union-flag.html

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Added: Dec-3-2012 Occurred On: Dec-3-2012
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Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (UK/GB) (load item map)
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  • Let me tell you from someone that was there first hand! It's fucking pathetic, spineless no balled basterds!! Ano there's a lot of yanks on LL, and politics over here isn't something you'd particularly care about so I'll put it in words you'll understand. Some politican voting to remove the American flag from the white house because it's offending the camel jockeys!!! I live in Belfast northern Ireland, united kingdom. I am British, not Irish. I live in a country run by a British government. Edu More..

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    • @SRGbelfast But the city of Belfast you live in is on the island of Ireland, not Britain.

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    • @Thetruthisalwaysthetruth You're making yourself look like a complete fool. Northern Ireland is an important part of the United Kingdom. NI joined the UK by public referendum, the people rejected the corrupt clique southern Irish IRA scumbags.

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    • @Thetruthisalwaysthetruth
      And Canada is on the same piece of land as America and mexico but it doesn't make you a yank or a mexican.

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    • @SRGbelfast

      I certainly take onboard what you are saying, and agree pretty much 100% with you.
      However.... and though I have huge respect for the Royal family, I have no allegiance to the English, be it a Queen or Parliament.
      They are Anglo Saxon and I'm a Celt and they showed their contempt for me when Mowlam and Blair opened the gates of Long Kesh and let murdering scum walk our streets in the name of peace, and when they appointed 'The Widow Maker' as deputy First Minister, and the DUP etc More..

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    • @Thetruthisalwaysthetruth The British Isles (there is a clue in that title) is made up of England, Scotland and Wales, so there are 3 countries on 1 Island, 2 seperate countries on the island of Ireland, simples!

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  • Spoiler alert for those enduring the sirens in the hopes of seeing a Molotov or water cannon: NOTHING HAPPENS.

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  • People often say that living in Belfast is like living in Afghanistan.

    That is definitely not true, Afghanistan is sunny.

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  • not the first time we lowered the union jack on the island of ireland
    wont be the last......get used to it

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  • I spent a few months working in the Republic once. Nobody there seemed to really give a shit about Ulster anymore. The generation of rebellion is growing old now, and the youth are more worried about getting pissed, playing with iPhones, and watching shitty American television shows.

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  • Unionism wanted democracy, now this is it, deal with it and move on. Democracy dictates the flag of oppression comes down, it is stained with the blood of indigenous people from all around the world and it wont be going back up.

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  • This is a common trend world wide. Its good to see people revolt against the broken system all over the world. Its all fucking rigged anyway. The politicians take care of their families and lobbyists. To the people they always give the scraps and things will change someday because people outnumber them scumbags.

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  • Northern Ireland has changed a lot since the troubles. When i read 'Riot Belfast' i was expecting flares, pipe bombs, petrol bombs etc.

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  • I find it hilarious anyone thinks this riot was based on politics, I live here and these are the same retards that make our football matches an embarrassment, They look for any reason to riot or fight, I am 100% sure that had the vote gone the other way this video would still be here. Half them probably didnt even know what the vote was for.

    No flag on building? Me smash ug ug. They'll just have to make do with the 1000's of other british flags covering most houses, buildings and lamp posts... More..

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    • @Visceral I 100% disagree with you in the respect that had the gone the other way. You'd have found nobody out the back of city hall complaining. Somethings you just have to accept. Out of the two sides one is definitely the more bitter. However, my view is biased.

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  • If republicans are so deeply offended by the sight of a union jack why don't they fuck off to the republic, most of them have dual citizenship anyway. Rightly or Wrongly, Northern Ireland is British, and it always will be. No amount of petty moaning is going to change that.

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  • Haha good, fuck the loyalists... Britain doesnt want them anyway.

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    • @206Wolfpack your wrong, we do want them. Ulster is predominantly loyalist and is supported by the vast, vast majority of the British public. The day that the Crown is not wanted by the vast majority of the province then the monarch will cease to be the figurehead.
      Sorry to use actual facts there old boy.

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    • @Villa_jim If I could give you a thumbs up I would lol. Untied we stand, divvied we fall

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    • @Villa_jim

      You sir are wrong.

      Loyalists are in fact in an ever shrinking minority.

      They old days of the gerrymandered majority and social engineering to boost voters in at risk areas are OVER.
      The neanderthals thugs that attcked the City Hall in Belfast are too dumb to realise that, the funny thing is they were sold down the river by their own leaders.

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    • @206Wolfpack - nor so we, the majority, in the South - Loyalist bigits and RA heads, please stay up North with you flags, moans and murals!

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    • @Villa_jim

      "Ulster" is not supported by the vast, vast majority of the British public (Ulster is a province on the island of Ireland, six of it's counties constitute Northern Ireland, therefore, Ulster should not be used to refer to the constituent country of the UK that is N.I. Similarly "province" doesn't accurately describe it either.) On the contrary, the majority of the British public have, whenever polled, since the conflict began in the late sixties/early seventies, More..

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  • Ah Ireland, more battles from the dark ages in modern times. This is religion for ya

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  • I just got back from Ireland. Beautiful country but there was a clear difference between Dublin and Belfast. When in Dublin it was very civilized and cultured, when in Belfast there were sirens and helicopters. Graffiti,gates that shut down half the town at a certain time of the day. It felt like the Berlin wall. The people in Belfast were nice, but what a shame they let religion and politics divide them.

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    • @naziparade
      you obviously didnt visit some of the north dublin housing estates, makes most of belfast look totaly picturesque

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    • @naziparade laugh out fucking loud. You are talking an amazing amount of shit!!! There is NOT ONE PLACE IN OR AROUND BELFAST/NORTHERN IRELAND that closes gates or divides people at certain times you retard. And google crime rates you fool. Dublin has a far worse record in the last 10 years that belfast

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    • @SRGbelfast what about the shankhill and Springfield road? Gets locked up every night. There's a 2 mile long huge fucking fence you twat. @naziparade I hoped you enjoyed your taxi tour.

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    • @chaka123 I did.. I liked the Titanic Experience in Belfast. Our tour bus driver told us that England would love to get out but the North throws a fit and wouldn't survive financially with out Englands help.

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    • @SRGbelfast you see, your remarks are very hostile. That was the vibe a person feels when in Belfast. The people were nice but a person just has this feeling of unsafe.

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  • Why all the fuss? All of Britain will be under muslim flags soon. Relax.

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    • @onepercent

      USA too if we don't put a stop to it.

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    • @onepercent unfortunately for you lot, the US actually has a much higher net immigration rate. We're steadily making change here, what about you?

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    • @onepercent There is no "Muslim Flag". Islam is a religion. They have symbols on islamic republics but there is no Muslim Flag.

      Muslims represent about 4.6% of the population of the UK. Lower than most of Europe. USA is less than 1%. Hardly overwhelming is it?

      I don't think any of us need fear Sharia Law in our millennium.

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    • @paulgoss
      No you guys are gonna loose 30-40% of your land to the Mexicans who will take it back.
      All those places with Mexican names... Baja California (Lower California), Los Angeles (The Angels), San Francisco (Saint Frank) and so on will be taken away.sooner than what you think.

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  • RIP headphone user :-/

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  • 25 years ago we would have seen water cannons and rubber bullets etc being used on the rioters so they got off lightly.

    ps.Its only called the 'Union Jack' when displayed from a ship-when on dry land its the Union Flag.

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    • @Zeb I know, I used "Union Jack" only because many people outside the UK know it by that name.

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    • @Zeb I know certain members of the military that were out there back in the 70's, first they were told to fire towards the ground and hit people with the ricochet, but not only was that dropped quickly but they used to put batteries in the plastic bullets so they would hurt more...

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    • @snowfire

      I have various family members who served in Ireland during the troubles so i dont dispute anything to said.

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  • This shit is still going on?

    Who gives a fuck anymore. Some people are stuck in the past.

    Move on. I know i have.

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    • @Wise_Wolf Your not that fucking wise "wolf"

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    • @Wise_Wolf For the Orangemen every year is 1690 all over again.

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    • @Frank13331 Well, it just shows if they had another referendum it would be clear everyone would want to remain loyal to the Queen and her people's system, of protection and care, without corruption.

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    • @planesailing you Brits and that queen of yours...why the fuck wpould you feed those bloody royals free riches is beyond me, what do they do that's useful for humanity in general and for the British people in particular??? Nothing but blood sucking leeches and this is the 21st century...wake up people, give them an honest job...

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  • The "Greening" of Ulster continues,and the sooner Loyalist and Unionists realise this the better.
    The British will cut them adrift the first chance they get.Anyway Unionists/Protestants have nothing to fear from a United Ireland.
    As was said many times during the conflict..
    "The British may have the watches,but we have the time"

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    • @warmdown I believe Catholics are now the majority in four of the six counties. Only Down and Antrim remain to the Orange knuckle-draggers. Either they do a partition of Northern Ireland or soon be a minority altogether.

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    • @Vityazz The representation of northern ireland is 50 republicans and 50 unionists. The union jack isn't the flag of northern ireland so im guessing it was deemed unfair to fly the Union jack.

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    • @Vityazz Easier to use the Northern ireland flag !

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    • @Irish_COP But the N. Ireland flag is incorporated into the Union Jack. Also N. Ireland is still a part of the UK so why not fly the flag?

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    • @f-e-fuckstone Because it apparently offends the republicans. Again the funny thing is, these republicans speak english, not irish, use sterling and recieve social welfare from the british government. Hilarious or what?

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  • There you go. Living proof that fascists hate democracy. The councillors get voted in and the councillors vote to remove the Union Flag from civic buildings. That's democracy folks and taking iron bars to a council meeting is not democracy. It's fascism. It's oppressive behaviour.

    No Surrender? Don't worry. You won't have to. Your union is sick and it's terminal. Ireland for the Irish!

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    • @mikemac But the majority of N. Ireland aint Irish mate, they are British and even the republicans are British.

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    • @f-e-fuckstone The majority will be British until they vote republican then the majority will be republican. Simple eh?

      But republicans still see themselves as Irish while unionists see themselves as british and if/when the balance changes they will all be irish but some will still call themselves british. Funny old game if it wasn't so fuckin' deadly!

      Losing the Union flag is the start. Good Friday agreement was all about the inevitability of the longterm outcome.

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    • @mikemac I cant really see the majority voting republican any time soon. If in time they become the minority then that is a different matter but i dont really see N. Ireland becoming part of the south in my lifetime or my childrens lifetimes. Do you?

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    • @f-e-fuckstone Well I am old(ish). But I see it happening. If a people don't accept forced rule after so many years I find it hard to see how it could be maintained longterm without costly commitments to military (which UK governments really really don't want) and the possibility of it just being one Orange March spillover from possibly bubbling up again. Who knows? But Good Friday Agreement would never have been reached without a horizon for republicans to focus upon.

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    • @mikemac I was under the impression that the Good Friday agreement was mostly about the realisation that further hostilities were not only futile but completely pointless. The leaders of both sides (particularly the Republicans) did very well politically out of it and it really was the only realistic way forward. As for imposed or forced rule wouldnt that be the outcome if N. Ireland were to break away and join the south? That is, of course, if the south accepts the province. At the end of the d More..

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  • Black spray paint to the windows.

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  • Why don't they just be proud to be Irish? Get rid of the English and re-form Ireland? It's not like English people actually care if N.Ireland goes back to Ireland. The old days of colonialism are gone.

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    • @Orbsayer By the way they are protesting over a British flag not a English one, EG my avatar.

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    • @Orbsayer Because they're not proud to be Irish, they're proud to be British. They have the power to break away peacefully, just like most of the former vestiges of the British Empire but they don't want to and that's loyalty.

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    • @Liamvxr Correction - a dwindling minority want to stay British. This was a democratic act. No force was involved. Elected councillors used their mandate to carry out the wishes of the voting public.

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    • @mikemac "a dwindling minority want to stay British"

      Not according to the many polls that have surveyed the Northern Irish. Why in the hell would they want to step away from the British made society including free healthcare and better education. Who in there right mind would want to step away from the pound sterling to the economic monetary union prison of the Euro?

      I don't believe it was the wishes of the voting public to reduce the flying of the UJ to just 15 days a year. There ar More..

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    • @Liamvxr You are completely entitled to believe that in a democratic society. I won't come round with a masked gang armed with crowbars to dispute your rights.

      You see a republican whole Ireland as hell on earth, while many others see a republican whole Ireland as centuries of dreams coming true.

      Again, democracy dictates in our version of civilisation. Democracy is also about accepting the results of elected members votes.

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  • Northern Ireland serves no purpose as part of the United Kingdom. They don't want you no matter how British you think you are. You're nothing more than a headache to the UK establishment. You're just too close to the front door to be told to fuck off.

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    • @chaka123 - certainly doesn't serve any part of the Republic either - its a septic tank - they (GB) created it, let them have it - we certainly neither want or can afford it - not to mention that the Orange lads are shite cross dressers and nasty trouble makers!!

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  • Isn't it funny how things change...

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  • Humans.. a funny bunch.. why do some people get so wound up about petty shit like flying a piece of polyester material around in the air.. go home and deep fry something

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