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Londonderry to protest against dissident Republican violence


Northern Voice

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A rally is to take place at Guildhall Square in Londonderry to call for an end to dissident republican violence.

Derry Trade Unions Council organised the event after a 200lb car bomb exploded near Da Vinci's Hotel in the city at the beginning of October.

The council's secretary Liam Gallagher said people were worried about the real possibility of another tragedy on the scale of the Omagh bombing.

He called for as many people as possible to attend the rally.
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We do not want young people sucked into a violent campaign that will lead nowhere”

End Quote Liam Gallagher Secretary, Derry Trade Unions Council

"We do not want businesses destroyed and people put out of work," he said.

"We do not want old people moved out of residential homes and people moved out of their private homes as a result of bomb scares.

"We do not want to spend hours in traffic chaos.

"We do not want young people sucked into a violent campaign that will lead nowhere."

The rally is due to take place at 1300 BST on Friday.
Strand Road restrictions

Meanwhile, the police have said that they plan to restrict car parking outside Strand Road police station in Derry.

Another 200lb car bomb exploded outside the police station at the beginning of August.

Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin said: "We understand the inconvenience this may cause, however the safety of local residents and my officers and staff must be the priority.

"It is unfortunate that we have been put in the position where we feel this is a necessary measure.

"Given the severe threat, and in particular the recent bomb attack and subsequent damage caused to nearby businesses, we believe it is the correct and proportionate thing to do."

The police said that they had spoken to local residents and businesses about the planned restrictions.

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Will the dissidents listen to the wishes of their own community? I hope so. It is evident by events like these that they do not have the mandate their predecessors did.
 


longmarch

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media reports suggest 200 attended. Hardly earth shattering numbers but its a positive step in the right direction.
 

Cael

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Hopefully, they will hold the next protest in London, and leave the people of Derry in peace.
 

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Less than 100 is a very poor turn out. afterall there must be 100 shopstewards locally through out the various unions.
Militant republicans will meet this outcome with delight.
 

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Less than 100 is a very poor turn out. afterall there must be 100 shopstewards locally through out the various unions.
Militant republicans will meet this outcome with delight.
It just shows how irrelevant the trade union misleadership are.
 

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Great to see people - of all persuasions - out opposing the dissidents.

NOT IN OUR NAME!
 

Follyborn

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Changed days from the 1970s and the provos throwing bricks at the peace people on the Falls Rd.
Remember it well, being one of the young people who were bussed up from Derry to be armed to the teeth with water bombs and the like. LOL Then being positioned at the top of finaghy rd north to let rip with all at the blow of a whistle.
Shows how much the times have changed as those who took us there would now be pointing us to OSF.
 

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Remember it well, being one of the young people who were bussed up from Derry to be armed to the teeth with water bombs and the like. LOL Then being positioned at the top of finaghy rd north to let rip with all at the blow of a whistle.
Shows how much the times have changed as those who took us there would now be pointing us to OSF.
What do you mean by that?
 

Follyborn

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The same people would now be taking us away on Ogra weekends to educate us on the dastardly republicans.
 

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200? lol
sure there were over a thousand people attended the seamus grew commemoration
 

Cael

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Great to see people - of all persuasions - out opposing the dissidents.

NOT IN OUR NAME!
Ya, great to see that less then a hundred people in Derry oppose Militant Republicanism enough to actually get off their fat lazy asses and go to a protest. Must be a bit embarrasing for McGuinness as well, as most of his camp followers didnt go either - are they secret admirers of the militants?
 

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more than 200 at the 32csm easter commemoration in derry this year too
 

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Ya, great to see that less then a hundred people in Derry oppose Militant Republicanism enough to actually get off their fat lazy asses and go to a protest. Must be a bit embarrasing for McGuinness as well, as most of his camp followers didnt go either - are they secret admirers of the militants?

Cael whilst i am somewhat a fan of Mc Cann and the Derry Trades Council having witnessed them over many years physically (full on) supporting very small groups of workers etc who the unions barely acknowledged let alone support, feel dissapointed that yet again these same unions have jumped on the political wagon whilst ignoring many other more relevant issues to their own members.
Which has shown in the turn out.
But lets face it being seen to lick ass is good when you`re in BIG BUSINESS.
 

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more than 200 at the 32csm easter commemoration in derry this year too
WHAT ? do you really expect every one who wanted to go to attend and show themselves.
You`d think theres no war on by the way you expect people to behave, LOL

On the other hand when did people feel deterred from going out and openly supporting any thing that Martin or Gerry endorsed by their statements regardless of the threat from the state.
 

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Sad reflection on the citizens of Londonderry that there wasn't a bigger turnout at this.
 

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Cael whilst i am somewhat a fan of Mc Cann and the Derry Trades Council having witnessed them over many years physically (full on) supporting very small groups of workers etc who the unions barely acknowledged let alone support, feel dissapointed that yet again these same unions have jumped on the political wagon whilst ignoring many other more relevant issues to their own members.
Which has shown in the turn out.
But lets face it being seen to lick ass is good when you`re in BIG BUSINESS.
Indeed, McCann makes some bad moves from time to time. Its not that he shouldnt have any concerns about bombs going off on civilian streets, that would be quite natural, but that he allows himself to be used as propaganda by the enemy.
 

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Sad reflection on the citizens of Londonderry that there wasn't a bigger turnout at this.
Guess it means that the survey last week was right after all. Even the Prods are now supporting the Republican Militants by refusing to protest against them.
 

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