Over 1,000 people have attended a protest rally in Derry this afternoon to show support to the people of Palestine.
In one of the largest attendances ever at an event organised by the Derry Anti-War Coalition (DAWC) those in attendance formed a human chain across the city’s iconic Peace Bridge before attending a rally in Guildhall Square.
Among those in attendance were Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson and Darren O’Reilly and Gary Donnelly, councillors on the newly-formed Derry-Strabane “super council.”
The protest passed off peacefully.
Ilex, the city’s urban regeneration company Ilex had stated its opposition to the demonstration across the Peace Bridge.
Chief executive Mel Higgins said while they had “no opinion” on what Derry Anti-War Coalition had planned to do, no-one had sought their permission to hold the event, as was required.
However, speaking at the event prominent local anti-war campaigner, Eamon McCann, stressed the protest was in support of the people of Gaza.
He said: “We are not here to have a row with Ilex, we are here to offer positive support the people of Palestine and Gaza.”
He added: “We are hear to let the beleagured people of Gaza know that they are not alone.”