Unionists vent anger at decision to remove Union flag

Making their point: Protesters gathered in the centre of Glengormley on Thursday afternoon. The event passed off without major incident.
Making their point: Protesters gathered in the centre of Glengormley on Thursday afternoon. The event passed off without major incident.
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December 3 - Trouble flares in Belfast after the City Council votes to stop flying the Union flag every day. Members back an Alliance Party amendment that the flag should only be flown on designated days.

December 5 - Mob ransacks and burns East Antrim MLA Stewart Dickson’s constituency office in Carrickfergus as unionist/loyalist anger is directed towards Alliance Party representatives.

December 6 - Heavy police presence in Glengormley as around 50 loyalist protesters gather in town centre close to Alliance leader David Ford’s constituency office. Demonstration passes off without major incident.

• Union flags erected on lampposts along major roads around borough.

December 7 - Violence erupts on O’Neill Road near Rathcoole. Road blocked with burning bins, petrol bombs thrown and police use water cannon to disperse rioters. Police make several arrests and nine people, including boys aged 13 and 14, charged with public order offences.

• Mayor’s Christmas dinner disrupted at Mossley Mill after thugs hijack and burn out cars at gates of council offices. Other cars in car park damaged and DUP MLA stoned as he tries to reason with rioters. 200 guests at council function and 400 others at theatre, including many young performers, forced to stay inside until police declare it safe for them to leave. Police make no arrests.

December 8 - Minor trouble reported at O’Neill Road as youths clash with police. Road diversions put in place.

December 10 - Around 140 flag protesters gather in Ballyclare town centre. Roads around Town Hall blocked and motorists advised to avoid the area. Police monitor the demonstration, which passes off peacefully.

• Speculation that protesters are due to gather at Mossley Mill ahead of Newtownabbey Council’s Policy and Governance Committee meeting prove unfounded.