McDonald urges support for Civil Rights march

Sinn Féin Leader Mary-Lou McDonald has said this weekends commemoration of the iconic 1968 Duke Street Civil Rights march is an opportunity to demand “rights and equality in the here and now”.

The march will take place on Saturday 6 October, retracing the route of the original 1968 Duke Street demonstration.

Mary-Lou McDonald said: “Fifty years ago, likeminded people from all communities came together to form the Civil Rights movement, they took to the streets and marched for rights and against inequality.

“The Duke Street march was to become an iconic moment of the Civil Rights struggle when TV images of innocent marchers being viciously attacked by the RUC were beamed around the world.

“The overt discrimination and brutality of that period may be gone but, in the north today, many citizens are still experiencing a denial of their rights. The DUP, facilitated by the British government, continue to block Irish language rights, marriage equality, access to women’s health and the rights of victims.

“I am calling on people to use this demonstration to demand rights, equality and respect for all citizens in the here and now.

“Derry is a city synonymous with civil rights and the fight for equality. They stood up for what was right in 1968 and I have every confidence they will continue to stand up for what is right in 2018.”