Republican group plan to confront British army veterans in Derry

The veterans' campaigners on a previous march. Their Derry parade is scheduled for Saturday March 4
The veterans' campaigners on a previous march. Their Derry parade is scheduled for Saturday March 4

A republican group is calling for people to confront more than 100 British army veterans when they march through Derry next month.

The call for “mass mobilisation” was issued by a group called Saoradh Doire on their website and on social media on Wednesday afternoon.

The protest is due to take place at the same time as a group of British army veterans will be marching into the Diamond.

The protest is due to take place at the same time as a group of British army veterans will be marching into the Diamond.

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Saoradh Doire posted the message after it was confirmed that a group of British army veterans plan to march through Derry on March 4.

The march has been planned as a protest against what organisers Justice For Veterans UK describe as ongoing “vindictive” criminal investigations involving former soldiers.

“Saoradh Doire views with disgust an application by a group of former British soldiers to march through the streets of our city on 4th of March,” read the statement.

“Since this announcement, we have been contacted by many residents in the city, including families of those murdered by Britain, who are disgusted by this grotesque proposal.

“As a result, Saoradh Doire will be organising a mass mobilisation to demonstrate local and national opposition to this charade that seeks to justify the killing of Irish citizens.”

On the day, the British army veterans are expected to march into the Diamond and place a wreath at the war memorial.

Saoradh Doire said they intend to march from Free Derry Corner into the Diamond at “exactly the same time” as the British army veterans.

The group stipulates that they are providing a “peaceful” platform on which people opposed to the veterans’ march can voice their opinion.

The British Army shot and killed 13 innocent civilians on Bloody Sunday in Derry in 1972. A 14th person died later.