Rally against RAAD

A section of the corwd at a recent rally against RAAD. (2704MM18)
A section of the corwd at a recent rally against RAAD. (2704MM18)

A public rally will be held in Derry tomorrow afternoon to call for death threats against a local businessman to be lifted.

The move follows a threat, believed to be from vigilante group, Republican Action Against Drugs, issued against businessman Ray Coyle.

Mr Coyle, who was previously shot by RAAD in his shop in Waterloo Street in January 2010, was informed on Monday of a threat on his life.

After the previous shooting, RAAD claimed he was targeted for selling so-called ‘legal highs.’

Mr Coyle has also spoken out against the vigilante group, most recently following the murder of Derry man Andrew Allen in Buncrana. He appeared at a public rally held in Guildhall Square shortly after the shooting.

Local politicians have called for the threat against Mr Coyle to be lifted immediately. Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney said: “The local community is demanding that these gangs disband and lift the atmosphere of intimidation hanging over our city.

SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey said: “RAAD must lift this death threat and all threats on people in Derry as they have absolutely no right to enforce this violence.”

The rally will be held in Guildhall Square at 3pm tomorrow.