Dickson: Masked march ‘sinister’

Alliance’s Justice Spokesperson Stewart Dickson MLA has said the appearance of dozens of masked people marching through Londonderry adds a further sinister edge to events linked to the funeral of Peggy O’Hara.

The march came just days after masked men fired a volley of shots over the coffin of Mrs O’Hara, mother of INLA hunger striker Patsy, at her Derry home. An estimated 50 men and women dressed in paramilitary uniform marched behind the coffin during the funeral service on Saturday (July 18).

Mr Dickson said: “The appearance of masked men firing shots over Mrs O’Hara’s coffin was disturbing enough but this paramilitary march adds a further sinister edge to events.

“All right-thinking people will rightly be concerned by this display. I want to reiterate that gunmen should have no place in our society, with all paramilitary exhibitions ended. I hope police will be investigating this incident fully.

“This sort of activity cannot occur if we are to have a shared society for everyone.”

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