ICTU Murder Protest

I was among thousands who today came together in silent protest to the recent murders of two British Army soldiers and one PSNI policeman. I attended the ICTU organised event at Belfast City Hall.

BBC Northern Ireland published a constructive piece, accurately reflecting the mood of those who attended the protests across the province. At last the BBC caught up with the public mood; the BBC’s coverage up to now has been dreadful, with inane, nonsense questioning and fear mongering. Indeed, I have been impressed by the calm and mature tones set by our politicians, across the board.

Meanwhile, RTE’s coverage included another timely news item, that Sinn Féin’s Tom Hartley, Lord Mayor of Belfast, held talks with members of the Ulster Political Research Group (linked with loyalist paramilitary group, the UDA).

For now, loyalism appears united, with the rest of the population, in having no appetite for any tit-for-tat violence. Let’s hope this translates into even bolder leadership among political loyalism, so they can distance themselves even further from morally bankrupt dissident republicanism. (Not that mainstream republicanism doesn’t face other challenges regarding policing and security, but that’s another discussion.)

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Allan Leonard (c) Kevin Cooper Photoline: “Our peace our future”

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