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Belfast counts the cost of flag protests

6 January 2013 Last updated at 22:27 GMT

Politicians and church leaders in East Belfast have been meeting to try to find a way to end the violent protests sparked by the city council's decision to restrict the flying of the union flag.

On Saturday night police were pelted with fireworks and petrol bombs.

The Chairman of Northern Ireland's Police Federation Terry Spence says paramilitaries are posing ''a very serious challenge to the rule of law''.

Chris Buckler reports from Belfast.