The Union flag is set to fly over Belfast's City Hall today to mark a royal birthday. Loyalists are expected to stage a protest as the flag is hoisted for the second time since city councillors voted to restrict the number of days it can be raised to 18.
The flag will be raised to mark the 48th birthday of the Earl of Wessex's wife Sophie.Last night a man and two teenage boys were arrested in east Belfast during protests over the flag controversy.
The 30-year-old man was arrested on the lower Newtownards Road on suspicion of disorderly behaviour and provocative conduct. Earlier there was a heavy police presence as hundreds of people attended a peaceful demonstration at the city hall.
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.