Councillor Jim McVeigh has accused union politicians for failed leadership, saying they had allowed themselves to be 'led' by a small band of extremists.
He added that his party would respect British tradition, telling unionists that respect was 'not one way'.
We won't be intimidated by those threats.
Their protests are pointless and they will have absolutely no impact on decisions that we take.
Twenty-nine police officers were injured during sectarian riots between republicans and loyalists in east Belfast today.
The union flag will be raised at dawn over Belfast City Hall for the first time since the dispute began last month.
Police were attacked for a third night, with frontline officers reportedly coming under gunfire as new loyalist trouble erupted in Belfast.