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Rally planned to push for border poll

Michael McLaughlin from the the 'Yes for Unity' campaign
Connla Young

A PRESSURE group set up to promote a border poll is set to announce plans to hold a public rally in Belfast next year.

The ‘Yes for Unity’ campaign group, which has links to the IRSP, will outline details at a public meeting this weekend. It is understood the rally will take place sometime in the autumn.

‘Yes for Unity’ recently held a debate in Strabane, Co Tyrone, involving several republican groups including Sinn Féin and the IRSP.

It is understood to have been the first time the two political parties shared a platform since the 1981 hunger strikes.

The latest event, which is themed 'A revolution of referendums' will feature speakers from several European separatist organisations from Catalonia, Scotland and Brittany.

Speakers will include former Breton political prisoner Gael Roblin, Catalan independence activist and academic Ignasi Bernat, Donal Anderson of the Scottish Republican Socialist Movement and Ciarán Cunningham from the IRSP.

‘Yes for Unity’ spokesman Michael McLaughlin said the purpose of the campaign “is to bring the concept of a border poll down to a street level and out of the hands of mainstream politicians”.

“The initiative also seeks to provide a space for alternative republican and socialist voices to express fears as well as make suggestions as we enter into an era in which it appears that a vote on Irish unity is fast becoming inevitable,” he said.

The public meeting will take place this Saturday, December 1, at 4pm at An Culturlann, Falls Road, Belfast.

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