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PROTEST: Christy O’Kane (front) in Derry yesterday

PROTEST: Christy O’Kane (front) in Derry yesterday

PROTEST: Christy O’Kane (front) in Derry yesterday

A new IRA chief took to the streets yesterday in an act of defiance against recent police raids targeting the gang's leadership.

The gang's Derry boss Thomas Mellon - who is on a 10-year MI5 terror watchlist - was among a group of high-profile dissidents who gathered near the Bogside for a protest in support of its prisoners. Others included convicted bomber Christy O'Kane.

The demonstration, and a wreath- laying at the city cemetery, came after the New IRA's political wing Saoradh said it will go ahead with a similar event planned for tomorrow afternoon. It had faced calls to cancel because of coronavirus concerns.


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