IRSP activists arrived on the scene following news that Republicans who had erected a giant Irish national flag on Belfast mountain had been attacked by Loyalists. Republicans had erected the giant Irish flag in protest at the visit to Ireland by the figurehead of British imperialism.
The attack on the peaceful Republican protest resulted in at least one Republican being hospitalised. His condition in hospital is not known at this time. At present several PSNI/British army helicopters are harassing the mountainside anti-royalist protesters flying repeatedly over the area and a fleet of PSNI/RUC armoured jeeps and armoured cars are making their way to the area.
The situation is ongoing.