Hundreds to follow route of the original Civil Rights march

Campaigners in Dungannon in 1968 during the original civil rights march.

HUNDREDS of people are expected to follow the route of the original civil rights' march from Coalisland to Dungannon to mark the 50th anniversary of the campaign.

The march, organised by Sinn Féin, will take place on Saturday August 18, and is set to follow the route of the 1968 march, when the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association, the Campaign for Social Justice and others marched in Co Tyrone from Coalisland to Dungannon.

Mid Ulster MP Francie Molloy said: "This year marks 50 years since the beginning of the Civil Rights movement when thousands of citizens took to the streets to demand their rights and entitlements."

He added: "The same struggle continues against people in our society today. Citizens in the north still face attacks on their civil rights through the continued denial of rights to LGBT couples, Irish language speakers, and bereaved families seeking a coroner's inquest.

"Once again, we need to hear the voices of young people and progressives, echoing those who found their voice against discrimination decades ago. It's time to stand up, mobilise, and fight for your rights", he added.

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