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Sinn Fein slams Portadown banner in support of murder suspect 'Soldier F'

The banner was put up in Portadown town centre on Tuesday night
The banner was put up in Portadown town centre on Tuesday night

By Staff Reporter

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

'Soldier F' is to be charged with murdering two people after paratroopers opened fire on civil rights demonstrators in January 1972. Fourteen people died.

The Saville Inquiry found that all were innocent, and were killed after the Parachute Regiment lost control.

Then Prime Minister David Cameron issued a state apology in the House of Commons, describing what happened as "unjustified and unjustifiable".

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 its removal.

"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."

Soldier F is to be prosecuted for the murders of Jim Wray (22) and William McKinney (27).

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