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Portadown banner supporting soldier accused of murders on Bloody Sunday should be removed - Sinn Fein

The banner in support of Soldier F which appeared in Portadown on Tuesday night
The banner in support of Soldier F which appeared in Portadown on Tuesday night

Sinn Fein has hit out after a banner appeared in Portadown in support of a soldier facing prosecution for killings on Bloody Sunday.

The soldier, known as "Soldier F", is to be charged with murdering two people when soldiers opened fire on civil rights demonstrators in Londonderry in January 1972.

A total of 13 people were killed on the day, while a fourteenth died later in hospital.

While many of the relatives of those killed have campaigned for prosecutions, others have argued that those responsible should not be brought before the courts.

On Tuesday night, a banner appeared in Portadown town centre reading: "Portadown stands with Soldier 'F'."

The message is accompanied by a parachute regiment emblem.

Sinn Fein MLA John O'Dowd called for the banner to be removed.

"The banner proclaiming support for a murder suspect is not appropriate," he said.

"The victims of Bloody Sunday deserve the truth just as much as any victim of the conflict.

"The banner should be removed immediately."

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