A public rally will be held in Derry tomorrow afternoon to call on vigilante group Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) to disband.
The rally has been called following the shooting of two young men in the city on Wednesday night and the issuing of death threats against two others.
Cousins Ciaran and Sean McFadden were shot ‘by appointment’ in an alleyway close to Gartan Square in the Bogside at 11pm on Wednesday after being told to come to the area by RAAD.
Ciaran’s father, also called Ciaran, accompanied his son to Gartan Square and had to watch as he was shot. The former republican prisoner branded RAAD “bullies with guns” and claimed they are now targeting republicans.
The shooting came just hours after several hundred people gathered on Central Drive, Creggan, in protest against the death threats issued by RAAD and to call on the vigilante group to disband. The protest was organised by local women who were angry about their sons being targeted.
Tomorrow’s rally is being organised by the newly-formed ‘RAAD - Not in Our Name’ group and will be held in Guildhall Square at 3pm. Colm Bryce, a spokesperson for the group said; “There is outrage all across the city after two young men were shot on Wednesday night, despite hundreds of people attending a rally in Creggan that evening. That rally and the protest against the murder of Andy Allen have begun to lift the veil of silence and fear that RAAD relies on for their cowardly attacks.
“We need to continue that community pressure and demand that they disarm and disband. It’s time to say, enough is enough. We want an end to the murder, maiming and threats against young people in this city,” he said.
He also said the rally is an opportunity to send a message to the vigilantes. “RAAD have no right to attack people. We aim to show that they can’t claim, as they have tried to do in the past, that they are acting ‘on behalf of the community’. They never have. We are calling on RAAD to disarm and disband now,” he said.