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Four police have been injured in protests over the Union flag being flown at Belfast City Hall. Earlier, nearly 1,000 people gathered at Belfast City Hall to protest. Some roads in the city centre have been closed and police are advising motorists to avoid the area.
Riot police have fired one non-lethal round during protests over the restrictions on the flying of the flag in Belfast, a Police Service of Northern Ireland spokesman said.
The two police officers attacked earlier, were taken to hospital for treatment, after being injured in the Castlereagh Street area of East Belfast. Officers moved in to separate the crowds, but the trouble in continuing.
Earlier, nearly 1,000 people gathered at Belfast City Hall to protest. Some roads in the city centre have been closed and police are advising motorists to avoid the area.
A second police officer had been taken away by ambulance from the Albert Bridge Road at the same time as the female officer earlier.
Policed have come under attack during fresh violence linked to the Union flag in Belfast. Bricks, bottles, and other missiles were hurled in east Belfast this afternoon, an eyewitness said.
Trouble erupted close to a nationalist interface as loyalists were returning from a city centre protest.
Political leaders from Belfast, Dublin and London are due to gather next week to discuss the unrest over restrictions on the flying of the flag from Belfast City Hall.
Belfast City Hall was a sea of union flags today, as Loyalists protested over the council's decision not to fly it everyday.
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