Robin Newton, the Democratic Unionist councillor for East Belfast has accused Jim McVeigh and Sinn Fein, of pushing the flag vote through the council.
It was purely a political decision, a pure political decision.
He called on loyalists involved in the protests to seek a political route to voice their opinions.
All sections of the unionist community should involve themselves in politics in Northern Ireland.
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.