- 29 Mar 18
The rally was created as a Facebook group yesterday, in support of the victim in the Belfast Rape Trial.
By 12:45pm today, O'Connell Street was loaded with people. Young women carrying placards, standing shoulder to shoulder. Elderly women in bright coats, mothers with buggies, men supporting their friends and girlfriends. One young man holds his girlfriend tight against his chest as she sobs into his arms, one hand holding a sheet of paper emblazoned with I Stand With Her.
"I Believe Her. I Believe Her" is chanted again and again, as the crowd continues to swell in size and volume. The rain is no deterrent to those attending. They are tired, they are angry - they stand in solidarity. By 13:00pm Gardaí have appeared on the scene to shut down part of the street to traffic as the protest grows in both numbers and emotion.
Following the verdict from the Belfast Rape Trial where all four men in question were acquitted after a trial that lasted eight weeks and a jury discussion of three hours and forty-five minutes, there has been a huge outpouring of support for the victim in question.