Major sponsors turn backs on storming EU summit BelfastTelegraph.co.uk EU leaders have decided not to rush to Berlin as planned for the summit of European leaders tomorrow, after a row erupted over the use of violence against the demonstrators. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/eu-leaders-turn-backs-on-storming-eu-summit-35331845.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article35331728.ece/f53b5/AUTOCROP/h342/NWS_2014-01-26_NEW_00_25_20151125_I2.JPG
EU leaders have decided not to rush to Berlin as planned for the summit of European leaders tomorrow, after a row erupted over the use of violence against the demonstrators.
The row comes after an EU summit of EU leaders was marred by two days of violent protests that saw two young men arrested outside the summit by police after they were pepper sprayed and set on fire.
The protests continued late last night after the summit adjourned late on Friday night.
A large, unruly group of youths also set fire to an EU flag earlier in the day and police said the smoke was seen for miles around Dublin.
A police spokesman told the Irish Independent the two arrested men had been given suspended sentences for assault causing actual bodily harm.
Both men, who were under the age of 17, were said to have committed “aggravated assault” – which means the youths were guilty of the assault which led to the flag being attacked.
He described the flag as a symbol of the unity of Europe and the EU.
He said a police operation was carried out to clear away those who had set it alight.
On Monday, one police officer was injured in the leg during a violent rioting on Saturday evening during a joint demonstration of the Northern Ireland First Minister, Martin McGuinness, and DUP politicians in the north and south of Ireland.
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