With all the protests against the democratic decision by Belfast City Council to fly the Union Flag on designated days from Belfast City Hall, the Police Service of Northern Ireland has taken the opportunity to try and educate people about the law regarding protests.
Everyone has the right to peacefully protest provided you remain within the law. To remain within the law it is important that you do not block roads or prevent the free flow of vehicle or pedestrian traffic. You should not conceal your identity by covering your face. You must remain peaceful and not use violent or threatening behaviour. Your actions can not amount to intimidating behaviour. The protest should not be conducted in a manner or location that is likely to cause a breach of the peace. If you break the law then you can be summoned to court, prosecuted and receive a criminal record.