Saoradh parade: Five arrested under Terrorism Act after police used petrol bombs in Derry


Six men were arrested during Saoradh’s National Republican Memorial March in Derry on Monday after police officers were attacked with petrol bombs.

The rockets were thrown at police Land Rovers, which burst into flames before attempting to drive away and stationed outside the city cemetery after Monday’s Easter parade.

Five men aged 29, 38, 40, 50 and 54 were arrested under the Terrorism Act. A sixth man, aged 40, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct.

All six men remain in custody as of Monday night and police also seized a number of vehicles, suspected terrorist uniforms and petrol bombs.

Chief Superintendent Ryan Henderson said: “Earlier this morning police were present at an announced parade in the city. Participants in the parade were classified as potentially delinquent based on initial observations. Police closely monitored the incident and took action to secure evidence and make arrests when deemed appropriate.

“Meanwhile, police officers were attacked by petrol bombs and brickwork.

“Our officers have shown tremendous courage and professionalism in what is still clearly a dangerous situation. Fortunately, none of our officials or members of the public were hurt by this reckless and criminal behavior. Our investigations will continue over the coming days and weeks to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

Crowds had gathered in the city for the parade, despite calls for it to be postponed as it was due to take place on the third anniversary of the murder of journalist Lyra McKee in Derry.

There was a strong PSNI presence throughout the proceedings and photographs were taken of police making arrests towards the end of the event.

The parade set off from near Free Derry Corner around 3:00 p.m. and arrived at the city cemetery just after 3:30 p.m. where wreaths were to be laid on Republican property.

The New IRA’s political wing had earlier warned of the potential for “conflict” at the “National Easter Celebration of the Unfinished Revolution”.

It states that any responsibility for “any conflict will lie with the aggressors in the Crown Forces”.

The group added, “We are calling on all Republicans to join this.” [commemoration committee] on Easter Monday at Free Derry Corner and defend the right to be a Republican while conducting a dignified Easter commemoration.” Saoradh parade: Five arrested under Terrorism Act after police used petrol bombs in Derry

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