Police have said that 29 officers were injured during sectarian clashes in east Belfast over the flying of the Union flag.
Chief Constable Matt Baggott said it was a difficult operation dealing with a large number of people determined to cause disorder and violence.
My colleagues brought the situation under control with exceptional courage and professionalism.
I know the vast majority of people will be grateful for their efforts. Police will continue to engage with all those committed to finding a solution to these issues