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Thursday 17 April 2014

Double-decker bus set on fire amid latest Belfast unrest

HUNDREDS of loyalist youths are blocking roads across Belfast and set a double-decker bus on fire tonight in the latest protests against a decision to remove the British flag from Belfast City Hall.

The vote late last year to end a century-old tradition of flying the flag has sparked some of the most sustained street violence in the province in over a decade.



Police said at least eight roads around the city had been closed by protesters. Over 100 gathered at the Rathcoole estate in north Belfast and set fire to a bus, a witness said.



Television footage showed dozens of protesters at two other points in the city and at least 200 protesters gathered in the nearby town of Glengormley.

Reuters

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