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Willie Frazer planning rally in Dublin over Kingsmill documents

Willie Frazer of FAIR is planning the rally for Dublin in September. Picture by Hugh Russell.
Connla Young

LOYALIST victims' campaigner Willie Frazer is planning a rally in Dublin next month.

The ‘Victims March for Justice” has been organised to put pressure on the Irish government to hand over documents relating to the Kingsmill inquest.

Ten Protestant workmen were shot dead when the minibus they were travelling in was stopped near Kingsmill in south Armagh as they made their way home from work on January 5, 1976. The attack was later claimed by the South Armagh Republican Action Force.

Rally organiser Willie Frazer last night said that bands which lost members during the Troubles are also expected to take part.

Mr Frazer was also behind the ‘Love Ulster’ rally through Dublin in 2006 which was abandoned after rioting broke out following clashes between republican protesters and the gardaí, leading to 14 arrests and 41 injuries.

Rioting in Dublin during the 2006 Love Ulster rally

A similar protest parade was planned in 2007 but was called off after Mr Frazer - who heads Protestant victims group FAIR - met with the Republic's foreign affairs minister Dermot Ahern and DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson.

In 2015 a similar parade was shelved after organisers claimed that the Irish government was preparing to hand over documents relating to the Kingsmill attack.

Mr Frazer said he intends to meet gardaí in Drogheda tomorrow about the rally planned for the end of September and warned it would go ahead unless documents relating to the inquest were handed over.

It is understood the location of the rally has yet to be finalised.

When asked about the planned rally a Garda spokesman said they were unable to comment for "operational reasons".

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