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Martin McGuinness condemns violence in Derry

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister has called yesterday’s violence in Derry “unacceptable” and challenged those involved “to come out and try and defend the incidents”.

Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.
Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.
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NORTHERN IRELAND’S DEPUTY First Minister Martin McGuinness has condemned the violence which erupted following the Apprentice Boys march in Derry yesterday.

McGuinness described the violence as “unacceptable” and “sectarian” – marking one his strongest condemnations on the actions of dissidents republicans, the Guardian reports.

Yesterday, a van was hijacked and set alight and petrol bombs were thrown at police after the march. A mother and daughter were also dragged from their vehicle in the Creggan Street area before it was stolen, RTÉ reports.

Four people have been arrested overnight in connection with the violence.

McGuinnes challenged those who were behind the violence “to come out and try and defend the incidents”, reports UTV.

“Let them stand over a mother and daughter being dragged from their car in Creggan and other people’s livelihoods being destroyed with work vans being burnt,” he said. ”The attacks on the Memorial Hall were motivated entirely by sectarianism and whoever carried them out should know that such behaviour goes against everything about Irish Republicanism”.

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