Police attacked at dissident rally featuring brother of Alan Ryan
Published 01/04/2013 | 17:53
POLICE have come under attack at a dissident republican rally in Derry.
Police vehicles were pelted by youths throwing bottles and stones before the start of the traditional Easter republican commemoration in the City Cemetery and one petrol bomb was thrown at a PSNI landrover during the annual gathering.
Otherwise the event organised by the 32 County Sovereignty Movement passed off without major incident and there were no reports of any injuries.
Unlike previous years, there was no statement read by masked paramilitaries.
Around 200 people attended the rally.
One of the speakers was Dermot Ryan, the brother of murdered Real IRA leader Alan Ryan who shot dead in Dublin last year.
He spoke on behalf of republican prisoners inside Maghaberry prison in Co Antrim.
A PSNI spokeswoman said: "Police will be making further inquiries following an illegal parade which took place as part of a small scale event in the city cemetery this afternoon.
"Officers issued two verbal warnings to those taking part in the illegal procession. While the event passed off without incident it was extremely concerning to see children, some of whom looked to be under the age of ten, throwing stones at police vehicles.
"It is a sad indictment on those who organised and were in attendance that this was allowed to happen."
Meanwhile, British army bomb experts are examining a suspect item found in the Crumlin Road area of north Belfast this morning.
It was discovered after police searched the area before an Apprentice Boys parade which was due to pass the Ardoyne shops.