Baggott says flags 'an excuse to compromise democracy'

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The PSNI's Chief Constable Matt Baggott has criticised the violence surrounding loyalist flag protests.

Mr Baggott said that paramilitaries had been present at some of the protests and police would examine if there was a "conspiracy".

It follows trouble at demonstrations following the decision to stop flying it at Belfast City Council every day.

"Loyalism can never be an excuse or adherence to a flag can't be an excuse to compromise democracy," he said.

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