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Sinn Fein figure’s ‘backdoor entrance’ – protestor

Victor Barker, whose son James was killed in the 1998 Omagh bombing, protests outside Windsor Castle

Victor Barker, whose son James was killed in the 1998 Omagh bombing, protests outside Windsor Castle

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness entered Windsor Castle through the “back door so he wasn’t seen by protestors”, the father of Omagh bomb victim James Barker claimed yesterday.

Victor Barker, who staged a three-hour protest outside the castle in disgust at Mr McGuinness attending a state banquet with the Queen, said: “There are a number of ways into the castle and he didn’t use the main entrance. I strongly suspect it was because we were standing outside.”

Around 10 people staged a protest outside Windsor Castle, including relatives of victims killed in the Birmingham pub bombings, the Enniskillen bomb and the Chelsea Barracks bomb.

The 57-year-old lawyer whose son died along with 28 others on August 15, 1998, said he staged the protest “because Martin McGuinness knows the identity of the people who murdered my son and he won’t ever tell the truth about it”.

Mr Barker carried a placard which read ‘A terrorist in a white tie and tails is still a terrorist. Martin McGuinness it is time to tell the truth’.

“There was quite a number of people there, all with placards,” he said.

“We all stayed to just after 8pm. I am glad I did this because it got a lot of publicity and we got a lot of support.

“It was worth doing because we made our point and Mr McGuinness has got to look at himself and realise that if he really wants to convince people that he is a democrat, then he needs to complete the journey to democracy.”

Earlier Mr Barker said: “He’s got to own up to what he did, but he just won’t.”

 

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