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DUP Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has said people should oppose the Protocol using solely peaceful and democratic means. Ms Lockhart also said criticism from SF rang very hollow and was rank hypocrisy.

Carla Lockhart said,

I’m aware posters have been erected in Lurgan but I certainly don't know anyone who is suggesting violence as a course of action. Violence has proved over and over to be futile and ends only in broken homes and lives. The Protocol will be opposed by peaceful and democratic means. We have a strong argument, and we will make it heard.

Of course, there is no place for the gun in politics today just as there was no justification for the use of guns in the 70s, 80s and 90s. There was never justification for violence yet Sinn Fein spend most weekends celebrating and glorifying the people who used guns to murder innocent men, women and children.

Many people will look at John O’Dowd’s comments with a sense of irony given the repeated PIRA glorifications, sponsored by his Party which have sole purpose of celebrating the use of guns.