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McLaughlin - Defend your right to vote

15 August, 2003


Sinn Féin are organising a 35th Anniversary return march from Dungannon to Coalisland to mark the pivotal 1968 Civil Rights March. Announcing details of the march Sinn Féin National Chairperson, Mitchel McLaughlin said:

"35 years ago men, women and children marched from Coalisland to Dungannon demanding the right to vote. The march was blocked from entering Dungannon Square by the RUC.

"From that night on people took to the streets in an attempt to secure their basic civil rights.

"Across the North of Ireland - in Derry's Bogside, in Bombay Street in Belfast, in Newry, Armagh and Burntollet people were batoned and beaten and shot in their efforts to achieve the right to vote. Despite vicious opposition, the right to vote was clearly won.

"In 2003 the British government unilaterally cancelled the election to the Assembly because once again they feared the people's choice.

"The British government caved into Unionist demands. The Orange Card was played. The PSNI carried out their phoney raid on Stormont while Loyalists continue to pipe bomb and murder Nationalists."ENDS

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