Unionist party leader appeals for calm after Belfast clashes

The Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt has appealed for calm to allow talks to make progress, as clashes between loyalist and republican protesters continue in Belfast. Mr Nesbitt said:

Street violence from so-called unionists, no matter what age, advances nothing but the cause of Irish nationalism.

It is high time those involved in rioting realised they are destroying the very cause the hope to promote.

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Belfast protests: Three arrests

A man and two teenagers have been arrested in Belfast during protests over the Union flag controversy.