Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Unions to lead Londonderry protest against the rising tide of terror attacks

Trade unions are to lead a protest rally against the recent dissident republican bombs in Londonderry, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal.

Unions in Derry last night voted unanimously to organise the rally in response to people in the city calling for a public statement of protest against dissident activity.

Today, church leaders, business people and the public will be asked to come to the rally in the Guildhall Square next Friday at 1pm to hear speakers from the trade unions and community organisations, and to voice their opposition to the recent dissident republican activity.

The latest Real IRA bomb at the Ulster Bank on Tuesday was the catalyst for the rally.

The car bomb followed other attacks carried out in Derry over the past few months, including a 200lbs bomb at the Strand Road PSNI station in August, the murder of Kieran Doherty in February and a hoax bomb that caused traffic chaos on the Craigavon Bridge.

Secretary of Derry Trade Unions Liam Gallagher said: “We are hoping that people from right across the the city will gather at the Guildhall to show in no uncertain terms their opposition to the actions carried out by the dissident republicans.

“People have a genuine fear that sooner or later we may see another Omagh.

“They are also brassed off about being held hostage in their own city time after time because of the traffic chaos we witnessed this week and a few weeks ago when there was a hoax bomb left on the lower deck of the Craigavon Bridge.”

The rally has already received the backing of SDLP Youth, while other political parties are now expected to join the union movement and back the protest.

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