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Peace vigil man gets dissident death threat

By Emily Moulton

An SDLP councillor who took part in last week’s anti-violence vigil in Newry has revealed he is under death threat for speaking out against the actions of dissidents.

Gary Stokes organised a candlelit demonstration to be held in response to the car bomb attack which brought the normally bustling border city to a standstill last week.

On Friday night around 30 people gathered outside Newry town hall— just metres from the scene of the dissident attack on the courthouse — to voice their disgust.

At the protest a 10-minute silence was held, which the SDLP councillor described as a “fitting response.” He added that the people of Newry would not “stand for what happened” last Monday.

Last night Newry and Mourne mayor John Feehan revealed Mr Stokes had been informed by police of the credible death threat.

“It warned Gary not to speak out against dissident republican actions, otherwise he would be shot,” he said.

A PSNI spokeswoman said police did not discuss “the security of individuals”.

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