Monday 18 December 2017

Martina Devlin: Gentle protest was mighty in its rejection of violence

Thousands gathered in Omagh, Co Tyrone, on Sunday for a peace rally in the wake of PSNI officer Ronan Kerr's death in a car bomb
Thousands gathered in Omagh, Co Tyrone, on Sunday for a peace rally in the wake of PSNI officer Ronan Kerr's death in a car bomb
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

THE peace walk in Omagh, held to register revulsion at Police Constable Ronan Kerr's killing, has stayed with me all week. Not in a negative way -- more as a buffer against the gloom.

I took part in Sunday's rally, just for a short distance, pushing my mother in her wheelchair. After dropping out, we stood by the side of the road to express solidarity as wave upon wave of men, women and children quietly demonstrated for peace.

It was a moving experience, partly because it was so understated. The kinds of people who turned out in their thousands were not the sort to parade or to seek attention.

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