Dozens of men and women in Derry paramilitary-style parade
DOZENS of men and women dressed in military-style clothing took part in an Easter Rising parade through Derry yesterday.
Around 30 people formed a colour party during the march which was organised by anti-agreement republican party Saoradh.
Those taking part responded to orders which were shouted in Irish.
Organisers claimed several thousand people and six bands were part in the parade which marked the 101st anniversary of the 1916 Rising.
Tricolours and other republican flags lined the route while the letters `IRA' - referring to the paramilitary grouping also known as the 'New IRA' - were fixed to several lampposts from Free Derry Corner to the City Cemetery, where a short ceremony was held.
There was a low-key PSNI presence in the area, with just two Land Rovers, both with CCTV cameras, visible along the entire parade route.
A similar parade in Coalisland in Co Tyrone last year saw a massive police operation put in place which included a PSNI helicopter.
North Armagh republican Paul Duffy gave the main oration at the republican plot.
He told those in attendance that Ireland is still partitioned and “we cannot underestimate the importance of social agitation and political activism”.
Mr Duffy, a brother of prominent Lurgan republican Colin Duffy, also appeared to reference comments by former deputy first minister Martin McGuinness when the Sinn Féin politician denounced dissident republicans who shot dead PSNI constable Stephen Carroll in 2009 as "traitors to the island of Ireland"
“Now is the time to get down to business, to promote our revolutionary analysis which cuts through the false narrative and fake promises of those whose only aim is to deceive," Mr Duffy said.
“They are the paid mercenaries of capitalism and imperialism.
“They are traitors to the island of Ireland.”