The violence which took place at the City Hall and round St Matthew's Church was the responsibility of two groups of people. The first is those who went to the City Hall spoiling for a fight, who attacked police officers and council staff.
But there is a second group which bears responsibility. DUP and UUP politicians fomented this protest, with both leaflets and the use of social media. They called people on to the streets. They must have known, from experience as recent as this summer, that violence was almost inevitable. They cannot avoid their responsibility.
Such violence should be condemned by all civic and community leaders.
More top news
Luis Figo will run a campaign for change after announcing his intention to challenge Sepp Blatter for the Fifa presidency
The proportion of ambulances hitting the eight-minute response time target in Wales has plummeted to just 42.6%.
The footballer, who was jailed for five years, claims the 'previously unavailable' information could help clear his name.