Trevor Lunn MLA said:”It is absolutely appalling that over 350 police officers have been injured while attempting to maintain the rule of law.
“There has not been any justification for the attacks that the police have sustained in the past year during major public disorder.
“While I respect the right to protest, there is a need for anybody taking part in a protest to abide by the rule of law.
“Elected representatives and community leaders must also demonstrate responsible leadership, rather than blame game politics which only increases tension in the lead up to incidents of major public disorder.
“It is clear that there is an absolute need for the upcoming Haass talks to achieve a positive outcome on the issues of flags, parades and the past, to prevent further trouble and more police officers being injured.”