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Collusion march planned in Lurgan

BY CAÍTLIN DOHERTY

``State violence, State cover-up'' is an appropriate theme for a demonstration in Lurgan at 2pm this Sunday, 19 March, at the end of a week that marks the anniversaries of Sam Marshall and Rosemary Nelson.

The organisers of the campaign for Justice Through Truth are appealing to nationalists across Ireland to join them to highlight the issue of crown forces collusion with loyalist death squads.

The campaign is led by around 20 families of the victims of British state-sponsored violence. Among those represented are relatives of Sheena Campbell, Sam Marshall, Rosemary Nelson as well as the families of shoot-to-kill victims Eugene Toman, Seán Burns and Gervaise McKerr.

``The families taking part in the campaign are not crying for people to be brought before the courts,'' said a spokesperson for the campaign. ``They only want to know the truth, what happened to their loved ones and the circumstances surrounding their murder.''

Last week, the Parades Commission banned the march from passing in front of Lurgan RUC barracks, ruling that the Lurgan Martyrs band had not respected the code of conduct last year. The band was never informed about the alleged breach. When challenged about the source of such accusations, the Parades Commission said it had been informed by individuals within the RUC.

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