Up to 7,000 gather at peace rally in Belfast
UP to 7,000 people stood in silence at a peace rally in Belfast yesterday to show their solidarity with the family of murdered Catholic police officer, Constable Ronan Kerr.
The crowd gathered at Belfast City Hall for a demonstration organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.
Pamela Dooley, vice chair of the Northern Ireland committee of the union, said the new recruit was a fine public servant.
Ms Dooley said: "Two years ago we came here to give public voice to our revulsion to the murders of Constable Stephen Carroll and to soldiers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey.
"We resolved then, as we do again today, that we will not permit the clock to be turned back."
She added: "Ronan was a fine public servant. He understood the risk he was taking to build a fairer, more just and equal society.
"He was prepared to take that risk and paid a terrible price for his courage.
"We respond again to his mother's words. We are determined that his sacrifice will not be in vain."
Peace vigils were also held in Derry, Newry, Lisburn and Downpatrick. Yesterday afternoon MPs at Westminster gathered for 15 minutes to show their support for the rallies.