Peace Gathering, No Silence for Violence in Belfast accumulated over 3 thousand people from all sectors of the Northern Irish society. From 12.40 till 1 pm they were producing a purposeful noise in order to protest against the violence tearing the Province during last month, using all possible instruments- trumphets, pots, clapping hands, etc.
There are conflicting reports as to what happened today in Belfast after 2.30 pm. Loyalists accuse PSNI of diverting their protest route in the last moment so that they should pass via an infamous interface area, Short Strand where, as they say, they were attacked by the Republicans.
PSNIin the very early hours of Saturday morning prepared huge screens to separate Protestants and Catholics in Short Strand, so it was not a last minute change.
Republicans claim they were attacked at homes in Short Strand when the Loyalist protesters were marching.
One is definately clear, though- East Belfast looks like a war zone. Twenty nine injured PSNI officers. The riots followed a protest held in front of Belfast City Hall in the midday.
Another flag protest took place in Belfast in the heart of the city on Sat 5th January 2013 at 1 pm. Between 500 and 1000 Loyalist protesters from all over Belfast gathered in front of the City Hall to express their frustration over the latest flag decision.
City centre was blocked by the heavy presence of the Police.
Several police officers were injured during riots in Belfast that started ahead of a contentious Republican parade in Carlise Circus in North Belfast- the police sealed the streets around Carlisle Circus and were attacked by the Loyalist side.
Stones, Molotov coctails, pieces of furniture and bricks were thrown at officers.
The rioting lasted well into the evening.
West Belfast riots – Queens visit in Northern Ireland – 26 June 2012