Thousands of local people signed a Sinn Fein petition designed to stop the introduction of Westminster changes to welfare in the North at the weekend.
The petition was there for people to sign in the city centre but at the same time, Sinn Fein councillors, MLAs, MEPs and activists gathered at Free Derry Wall at 1pm on Saturday to launch a billboard opposed to the welfare changes.
“This is a Sinn Fein campaign which has been held right throughout the North this weekend and we are delighted with the number of people who have shown their support by signing the petition,” said Derry Sinn Fein councillor, Sandra Duffy.
Colr. Duffy was flanked by many of her fellow Sinn Fein councillors as well as Martina Anderson MEP and Maeve McLaughlin MLA.
“The reason we are taking a stand is because these Tory welfare cuts are designed to hurt the most vulnerable in our society and Sinn Fein are not prepared to let this happen.
“The thing that impressed me the most was the people were taking their time to sign the petition today. Many times in the past I have never witnessed anything like it before but it just goes to show that the voices of the people of this city must be heard and that’s what Sinn Fein intends to do,” said Colr. Duffy.
As Sinn Fein politicians and activists gathered at Free Derry Wall for photographs of the billboard launch, many passing cars sounded their horns in support of the campaign.
Sinn Fein MLA for Foyle, Raymond McCartney said the campaign to stop Tory supported welfare reform would not stop with just the launch of the billboard.
“Sinn Fein activists will be on the streets of cities, towns and villages across the North explaining our opposition to the cuts agenda and collecting signatures for our Stop Tory Cuts petition,” he said.