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Gildernew urges support for Civil Rights march

16 August, 2018 - by Colm Gildernew

Sinn Féin MLA Colm Gildernew has said Saturday’s reenactment of the first Civil Rights march is an opportunity to stand up for rights.

The march will take place on Saturday 18 August along the original route from Coalisland to Dungannon. 

The Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA said:

“Fifty years ago, likeminded people from all communities came together to form the Civil Rights movement, they took to the streets and marched for rights and against inequality, the first of these marches took place from Coalisland to Dungannon. 

“In the north today, we are experiencing an unacceptable blockade on rights-based issues by the DUP, facilitated by the British government, including Irish language rights, marriage equality, women’s health, and the rights of victims.

“People also have huge concerns arising from the potential impacts of a Tory Brexit and the recent Boundary Commission proposals, seen by many as a new attempt to gerrymander the north. 

“I am calling on people to use Saturday’s reenactment of the first Civil Rights march to promote rights, equality and respect for all in our society today.

“This is the opportunity for our generation to speak out and stand up, to achieve and assert these rights. We cannot allow the progress of previous generations, sorely won, to be undermined and diminished in today’s Ireland.”

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