O’Neill Condemns Goading Of Victims

Unionist leaders must condemn deliberate goading of victims’ – O’Neill.

Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill has called on the leadership of the main Unionist parties to condemn the ‘deliberate goading of victims’ which took place at last week’s Apprentice Boys Parade in Derry.

Michelle O’Neill said: “The inclusion of Soldier F and British Army Paratrooper emblems have been seen in Derry as a deliberate attempt to goad and antagonise the Bloody Sunday families.

“The decision of senior DUP representatives wearing Apprentice Boys regalia to pose for photographs under a Paratrooper regiment banner is seen in exactly the same light.

“However, instead of confronting this mocking of victims, both main unionist parties have sought to deflect and criticise the policing operation instead.

“Once again, that is an abdication of leadership from the DUP and the UUP. Instead of defending disrespect and pandering to the lowest common denominator they should come out and clearly condemn this deliberate goading of victims.”