WATCH - Derry protest against air strikes on Syria

A large crowd gathered in the Diamond in Derry city centre on Wednesday evening to protest against planned British air strikes in Syria.

The protesters included members of Derry’s anti-war coalition, students, families, trade unionists, members of Derry Ogra Shinn Fein and members of the public.

ANTI-WAR RALLY. . . . A section of the attendance at an Anti-War Protest held at the Diamond in Derry on Wednesday night. DER4815MC030

ANTI-WAR RALLY. . . . A section of the attendance at an Anti-War Protest held at the Diamond in Derry on Wednesday night. DER4815MC030

MPs are expected to vote in favour of air strikes against Syria in the House of Commons on Wednesday night.

“It’s great to see so many people out here tonight,” said Shaun Harkin from the Derry anti-war coalition.

“It’s often said that the first casualty of war is the truth. What we are hearing in the House of Commons at the minute is lie after lie.”

Eileen Webster from NIPSA said any plans for military strikes in Syria would compound the issue with so called Islamic State.

“What the British government is about to do in Syria will make the problem worse - when are we going to learn? Bombing men, women and children simply doesn’t work,” she said.

Veteran anti-war protester and human and civil rights campaigner, Eamonn McCann, said should the House of Commons vote in favour of military action in Syrian, he would regard “civil disobedience” as an option.

“The British Government have upped the ante so if the vote goes ahead we will have to up the ante too - we might have to consider using civil disobedience to make our voice against war heard,” he said.