Castlederg commemoration and protest pass off peacefully

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A Republican parade has passed off peacefully this afternoon in Castlederg in Co Tyrone.
The Tyrone Volunteers Day Parade commemorated republicans who died during the Troubles, including two IRA men killed by their own bomb.
Several hundred bandsmen and republican supporters took part in the march.
Hundreds of protesters, including some family members of IRA murder victims, staged a counter-demonstration against the parade.
West Tyrone Sinn Fein MLA Barry McElduff says Unionists politicians should concentrate more on stopping trouble in Belfast, instead of trying to increase tensions in the likes of Castlederg:


 
Meanwhile, West Tyrone MLA Ross Hussey, who had called on todays Republican commemoration to be banned, has welcomed the fact that todays event passed off peacefully.
But the UUP politician, who attended a protest against the Republican commemoration with loved ones who were killed by the IRA, still says no event should glorify terrorism.
And he says, IRA members who were killed during the troubles do not have the same rights as others who were killed by the IRA:

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