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Hundreds of anti-abortion campaigners join event to mark the 50th anniversary of north's first civil rights march

Hundreds of pro-life campaigners took part in the march. Picture by Declan Roughan/ Press Eye

HUNDREDS of anti-abortion campaigners lined the route of the 50th anniversary of the north's first civil rights march.

Groups of people turned up at the march on Saturday with banners and placards saying 'civil rights began in the womb' and 'civil rights mean equal rights'.

Ahead of the event, which had been organised by Sinn Féin to mark the anniversary of the north's first civil rights march in 1968, pro-life campaigners had met with the party.

The Tyrone Pro-Life Network said they would not let Sinn Féin be allowed to dictate what constitutes civil rights - especially the right to life.

A spokeswoman for the network, which co-ordinated the demonstration at the civil rights re-enactment march, last night said they were delighted by the number of pro-life campaigners who had taken part.

She added that "all attempts to marginalise the pro-lifers failed miserably and that there has been a major outpouring of support from around Ireland and beyond for our openly challenging Sinn Féin's pro-abortion policies", a reference to the party's recent decision to change its policy to allow terminations in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.

"We fully intend to keep up the pressure and are now looking forward to the next round of elections," she said.

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