McDonald comments on Derry violence
Speaking in Derry this afternoon, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has commented:
“What we have witnessed over recent days has been a sustained attack on this city and the people of this city.
“As political leaders, as community leaders, as trade unionists, Church leaders, business people and as citizens of this beautiful city, we must stand shoulder to shoulder and demand an end to it.
“The people of Derry have a proud history of standing up for what is right. It is the city of Martin McGuinness and John Hume.
“It is the city of Civil Rights and in such a place, sectarian attacks should not be aimed at anyone.
“Pensioners should not be terrified in their homes.
“Mothers should not be afraid to allow their children out of their front doors.
“And young people should not be exploited as cannon fodder to do the bidding of those with failed political and personal agendas.
“I would urge the people of Derry to come out in numbers tonight and attend the rally which is taking place in Fahan Street at 7:30pm.
“We need to send a strong message to those responsible that they do not act in our name. That they will not succeed.
“The vast, vast majority want to live their lives in peace. They want to enjoy the many fantastic things that are happening in Derry, like the Maritime Festival, the Foyle Cup and the Gasyard community Feile.
“That is the real Derry.
“That is the Derry we all know and love. And standing together tonight, we will send a strong message that we will not allow anyone to destroy that or drag us back to the past.”