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Solidarity rally in Belfast tonight following attacks on homes

“Tonight’s rally is an opportunity for the people of Belfast to come out to show solidarity with the families of Gerry Adams and Bobby Storey and the people of the Bogside in Derry and send a message to those involved in attacks on Republicans and on the community to stop immediately." - Pat Sheehan

A solidarity rally will be held in Belfast this evening following the attacks on the homes of Gerry Adams and Bobby Storey. 

The rally will take place at the site of the former Andersonstown barracks and will be addressed by Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald. 

Gerry Adams and Bobby Storey are also expected to attend tonight's demonstration. 

The homes of both men were attacked in the early hours of Saturday morning when explosive devices were thrown. 

CCTV footage from the scene of the attack on Gerry Adams' home shows that a device was thrown from a passing car. 

As well as to show solidarity with the two leading republicans and their families, this evening's rally has also been organised as a further show of solidarity with the people of Derry's Bogside following six nights of disturbances in the area last week. 

West Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan encouraged as many people as possible to attend tonight's demonstration in order to send a message to those behind the attacks. 

“The attacks involving explosive devices on the homes of Gerry Adams and Bobby Storey were cowardly and reprehensible.

“Those involved are opposed to the peace process and the process of change.

“Sinn Féin will continue to represent this community and pursue our agenda for change, for peace and for a new agreed and united Ireland.

“Tonight’s rally is an opportunity for the people of Belfast to come out to show solidarity with the families of Gerry Adams and Bobby Storey and the people of the Bogside in Derry and send a message to those involved in attacks on Republicans and on the community to stop immediately," he said. 

The rally will be held tonight at 7pm. 

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