Conlon calls for Price release

Gerry Conlon speaking outside Derry Courthouse on Wednesday as part of the Free Marian Price campaign. (1101PG05)

Gerry Conlon speaking outside Derry Courthouse on Wednesday as part of the Free Marian Price campaign. (1101PG05)

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The continued imprisonment of dissident republican Marion Price is “an affront to justice,” Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four told a protest in Derry this morning.

Mr Conlon, who spent 16 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of pub bombings in England, addressed the protest, which was organised by the Prisons Crisis Group, outside Bishop Street courthouse.

At the demonstration, a mock up banner of the City of Culture ‘Small City Becomes Huge’ banner was unfurled which read ‘News - Huge Issue Becomes Small.’ The organisers said it was designed to highlight what they describe as the lack of media coverage for Ms Price’s case.

Mr Conlon said; “The basis of any democracy is when accusations are made you are able to see those accusations and face your accusers in court. All of this has been usurped by politicians who have put Marion Price in prison.

“These are the things people rebelled against in the 1960s and 70s in this city yet here we are 40 years later protesting about a woman being interned by remand. If this was in Burma we would be outraged and there would be an international campaign.

“It is an affront to justice, an affront to democracy and we should all be concerned by this.”

The human rights campaigner also warned that others could be detained if they voice unpopular views. “ People need to stand up against this because what happened to one could happen to all of us. If it was me yesterday and Marion today, who will it be tomorrow?” he asked.

Around 50 people attended the protest outside the courthouse.