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‘Absolutely no place’ for dissident commemoration

Members of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement gather at the City Cemetery in Londonderry on Easter Monday.

Members of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement gather at the City Cemetery in Londonderry on Easter Monday.

Londonderry’s deputy mayor has condemned the display of paramilitary uniforms at the annual 32 County Sovereignty Movement (32CSM) Easter uprising commemoration.

Commenting on yesterday’s republican rally in the City Cemetery, Gary Middleton said the dissidents have failed to move with the times.

“There is absolutely no place for this, and people don’t really take any heed of them any more,” Cllr Middleton said.

Independent council election candidate Gary Donnelly was among those who addressed the rally.

The well-known anti-peace process republican is currently on bail facing charges of criminal damage. He is alleged to have been one of eight men who painted “end internment now IRP” on the city walls, but had his bail conditions relaxed last month to allow him to canvas for votes.

Cllr Middleton said “anything that glorifies terrorism is out of place,” and added: “Everybody else has moved on but there is a small minority that wants to continue with threats of terrorism. The majority of people were enjoying their day off.”

 

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