What was supposed to be an informed and what was going to be an intense debate politicians told us, was going to happen this evening. About this union flag which has flown over Belfast City Hall for a hundred years or so.
Well nationalists and republican politicians wanted to see that flag removed completely. That debate was then amended, there was going to be a motion put forward to fly the flag on designated days. As soon as the council passed that resolution then we were witnessing these ugly scenes.
Security guards working for Belfast City Council were injured. Two of them in total. Police are telling us that five police officers were injured during this rioting tonight - a press photographer as well.
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