Dublin protest date ‘in hands of gardai’

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FLAGS protest spokesman Willie Frazer said yesterday that the decision about when a protest takes place in Dublin lies with the gardai.

On Wednesday the News Letter reported that the rally, planned for tomorrow, had been postponed. Ulster People’s Voice spokesman Mr Frazer said that “after very constructive communications with the Garda Siochana I can confirm that we will now be travelling down on a date in the near future to discuss our many concerns around IRA collusion and many other issues.

“I will keep you all informed as to when this meeting will now take place.”

However it was reported on social media on Wednesday evening that Mr Frazer had denied the rally had been cancelled.

The News Letter yesterday asked Mr Frazer to clarify the situation.

“We are taking our lead on this problem from the guards,” Mr Frazer said yesterday.

“The decision lies with them.”

In a statement marked “postponement of planned protest in Dublin” yesterday, a Garda spokesman confirmed that “senior management were in communication with a representative of Mr Frazer today. These discussions were both positive and constructive.As previously stated An Garda Síochána facilitate peaceful protest and fully recognise the democratic right to do so”.




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