Alliance Councillor Rachael Ferguson has said she is disgusted after petrol bombs were thrown at police in Derry-Londonderry.
The officers were attacked during an illegal republican parade in the Creggan area of the city this afternoon (Monday). Councillor Ferguson said it was particularly disappointing to see young people involved in the throwing of missiles and other objects.
“I am disgusted to once again witness attacks on the police in this city. Those carrying out this rioting do not represent the vast majority of people here,” she said.
“It is especially depressing to see the involvement of young people in the midst of the rioting. On the day marking the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, we are seeing many people born after the Agreement out risking their futures. The criminal godfathers will remain faceless in the shadows, teaching the younger generation hate and violence, in what amounts to little other than child abuse and grooming.
“The people of Creggan, Derry-Londonderry and Northern Ireland deserve better than this. My full support goes to the police and local residents, having to face this destruction. Those who want to drag us back to the past will not succeed.”