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WorldPeace was already uneasy in Derry, then a hooded man raised his gun

00:00  21 april  2019
00:00  21 april  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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A hooded figure in black clothing leans around a street corner, raises his hand and opens fire. McKee, 29, was standing near one of the police 4x4s. In Derry /Londonderry peace has always been the most tenuous. Bombs are still found in cars and threatening graffiti mars freshly painted walls.

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Peace was already uneasy in Derry, then a hooded man raised his gun© PA Police forensic officers at the scene in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Northern Irish police have released CCTV showing a masked attacker firing the shots that killed young journalist Lyra McKee: a murder that has shocked Ireland and the UK.

It has added to fears that this island’s 21 year-old, hard-won peace is under serious threat, with converging pressures from Brexit, polarised and paralysed politics, and revived anger from the Bloody Sunday killings.

Peace was already uneasy in Derry, then a hooded man raised his gun© AP Lyra McKee who was shot and killed when guns were fired during clashes with police in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

McKee, 29, had written passionately and insightfully on the grief, resentment and pain that still lies under the surface in Northern Ireland.

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The footage shows a dark night, a crowd, two police vehicles, a barrier on fire in Creggan in the suburbs of Derry/Londonderry where a police operation had triggered a riot.

Peace was already uneasy in Derry, then a hooded man raised his gun© PA A car burns after petrol bombs were thrown at police in Creggan, Londonderry.

A hooded figure in black clothing leans around a street corner, raises his hand and opens fire.

McKee, 29, was standing near one of the police 4x4s. She died in hospital.

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Police believe dissident republicans to be behind the murder, and are focusing on the “New IRA” group, who reject the Good Friday Agreement that ended The Troubles and who have been linked to other killings and carbombings including the one outside Derry’s courthouse in January.

On Friday thousands rallied in Creggan. McKee’s partner Sara Canning choked back tears and pleaded that the death “must not be in vain”.

“Our hopes and dreams, her amazing potential was snuffed out by a single barbaric act,” she said. “This cannot stand. Her legacy will live on in the light that she’s left behind.”

The pushback by politicians and the community against this murder has been quick and strong.

On Friday some Derry graffiti was repainted. A slogan on a wall had said “IRA undefeated army, unfinished revolution” but now reads “IRA are done. Defeated Army. Finished revolution.”

If there is hope it has been in the strong bipartisan condemnation of the killing.

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The voice of local Catholic parish priest Father Joe Gormley shook with emotion on radio: “These people go into our area and use us to carry out such vile acts… how dare they? How dare they do it?”

Among the old and young on the streets of Creggan was 30 year-old Tanya, who told the Irish Times “I felt it was important to come to send a message that this was not done in our name”.

Ireland’s president said those behind the killing did not represent anybody on the island.

When I visited Derry/Londonderry a year ago, there was this same mix: passionate hope and desire for peace, with still-raw trauma and unease.

McKee herself described a societal PTSD in Northern Ireland, diagnosing a disorder that still claimed lives through depression and suicide.

In Derry/Londonderry peace has always been the most tenuous. Bombs are still found in cars and threatening graffiti mars freshly painted walls.

At the nearby border the road sign saying “Welcome to Northern Ireland” had seen “Northern” angrily spraypainted over.

Elisha McCallion, a Sinn Fein politician, told me only a “small minority” want peace gone. But she feared Brexit would be the ally of unrest, the seed to catalyse a return to war as the border inevitably became more “concrete”.

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Nine of the surviving ‘ hooded men ’ are still seeking justice for what they say was torture – and they have the human-rights lawyer Amal Clooney on their side. On patrol: British soldiers in the Bogside, in Derry in 1971, during clashes between republicans and loyalists.

Then there is the paralysis at Stormont, where no government or parliament has sat for two years in an entrenched political stalemate between Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist Party, who must and cannot share power.

There is little appetite to return to direct rule from Westminster, which would have major security and economic implications (read: widespread anger and probable violence).

But senior UK government minister Michael Gove has warned a “no-deal” Brexit would require direct rule, for decisions beyond the scope of the bureaucrats in charge.

And an unhealed wound was exposed again in March when prosecutors announced just one British soldier would face murder charges over Bloody Sunday – a police attack on a civil rights march in 1972 that wound its way through the streets of Creggan to Bogside.

Republicans have neither forgiven nor forgotten.

Many Northern Irish want McKee’s death to be a watershed moment, a setback for dissidents. They desperately hope unionists will not take it on themselves to strike back.

“Here’s to better times ahead and saying goodbye to bombs and bullets once and for all,” McKee wrote on Twitter recently.

But her last tweet was “Derry tonight. Absolute madness”.

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