Protest to be held against recent murders, attempted murders and maimings

Police Forensics  at the scene of a shooting in West Belfast on Monday evening where Dan Murray, a takeaway delivery driver, had been taking an order to Lady Street, near Grosvenor Road, when he was shot.
Police Forensics at the scene of a shooting in West Belfast on Monday evening where Dan Murray, a takeaway delivery driver, had been taking an order to Lady Street, near Grosvenor Road, when he was shot.

A protest rally against recent murders, attempted murders and maimings will be held tonight in west Belfast.

The rally, organised by the Workers party, is set to be held on the Grosvenor Road at 7.30pm.

The protest has been prompted by Monday night’s murder of Dan Murray - who was murdered in Lady Street, several hundred yards from the proposed site for the rally.

Organisers say the protest also reflects the growing anger and resilience in the face of eleven serious armed attacks across Belfast in the past six months.

Chairperson of tonight’s protest Conor Campbell said: “It is important that the community publicly displays its resilience in the face of these attacks and demonstrates its refusal to accept the rule of armed gangs across the city.

Chronology of armed attacks in Belfast since January 2016

Jan 7th - Conor McKee is murdered in the Oldpark area of north Belfast

Jan 22nd - A 17-year-old youth is shot in both legs in west Belfast.

Feb 18th - A man is shot in the leg in west Belfast

Feb 25th - Stephen Carson is murdered in south Belfast.

Mar 7th - Shots fired at a house in west Belfast

April 16th - Michael McGibbon is murdered in Ardoyne

April 30th - A 19-year-old is shot in the leg in north Belfast

May 6th - A man is shot and seriously wounded in his home in west Belfast

May 9th - A man is shot several times in North Belfast

May 9th - A 17-year-old is shot several times in north Belfast

May 9th - Dan Murray is murdered in west Belfast