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Crowds take to the streets for rally against shootings

By Staff Reporter

Published 12/05/2016

People gather at the rally to listen to Gemma Weir
People gather at the rally to listen to Gemma Weir
Conor Campbell
Fra McCann
Alex Attwood

A protest against the rise in paramilitary violence in Belfast has called on the community to stand firm against the armed gangs terrorising the city.

The rally was held on the Grosvenor Road in the west of the city, close to the scene of the latest dissident republican murder.

Last night's protest was prompted by Monday night's killing of takeaway delivery driver Dan Murray, just several hundred yards away in Lady Street.

The 55-year-old father-of-six was shot in the head after driving into the Divis area to deliver food. It was the third gun attack in the space of just 24 hours.

The rally, which was organised by the Workers Party, was addressed by people including local elected representatives and community leaders.

Rally chairman Conor Campbell said: "It is important 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. The community needs to unite against them, come forward with information, stop these acts and unite against them and tell the people behind it they are not welcome and that they are not wanted."

Gemma Weir of the Workers Party called on the incoming Justice Minister to establish a forum of community groups, politicians and statutory and voluntary organisations including the PSNI and the Department of Justice to help tackle the problem.

It is hoped the forum would act as a united front against armed gangs and as a co-ordinator of anti-violence initiatives.

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