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UK NewsBloody Sunday: A 'watershed' in the history of the Troubles

08:20  14 march  2019
08:20  14 march  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Bloody Sunday , sometimes called the Bogside Massacre, was an incident on 30 January 1972 in the Bogside area of Derry , Northern Ireland

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It is etched on the walls of Derry and on the minds of those old enough to remember: 30 January 1972.

What began as a civil rights march ended with a day forever labelled Bloody Sunday.

Up to 20,000 people were taking part in a protest against the internment of suspects without trial.

The 1st Battalion of the Parachute Regiment had been deployed to Londonderry to arrest rioters in the event of civil disorder.

Boris Johnson defends Bloody Sunday soldiers, - and asks why the IRA 'got away with' Troubles crimes

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He compared Bloody Sunday to Gettysburg and Lexington and Concord." That day on the bridge was the culmination of a long chain of events, says Alston Fitts, a Selma resident and local historian . He chronicles the history of the city in his book Selma: Queen City of the Black Belt.

Bloody Sunday Bloody Sunday became a touchstone in the Irish civil rights movement because it provoked a rise in IRA membership and rekindled the violence known too long in Ireland as The Troubles . Bloody Sunday as it became known was one of those watershed historical events that

Bloody Sunday: A 'watershed' in the history of the Troubles © Getty Thirteen people were killed by British soldiers on Bloody Sunday Some of the crowd spotted paratroopers occupying a derelict building and began throwing stones at the windows.

At 3.55pm, the first shot rang out. The soldiers fired more than 100 rounds, killing 13 civilians and wounding 15 others.

The official army position, backed by the then British government, was that soldiers had responded to gun and nail bomb attacks.

But every non-military witness - marchers, residents and journalists - claimed soldiers had fired on an unarmed crowd.

Bloody Sunday: A 'watershed' in the history of the Troubles © Getty

The late Ivan Cooper, who had organised the march, described the shootings as a "watershed" in the history of the Troubles.

In one iconic image, the young Father Edward Daly is seen waving a blood-stained handkerchief while escorting a wounded man.

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Boris Johnson defends Bloody Sunday soldiers, and asks why the IRA 'got away with' Troubles crimes Four ex-British soldiers could be charged with the 1972 shooting of unarmed marchers.

Bloody Sunday Bloody Sunday became a touchstone in the Irish civil rights movement because it provoked a rise in IRA membership and rekindled the violence known too long in Ireland as The Troubles . Bloody Sunday as it became known was one of those watershed historical events that

Without Bloody Sunday the province's history might have been very different. Cooper, who is a Protestant, believes the shootings constitute a " watershed " in Northern Ireland's history . " Bloody Sunday has been a running sore – everyone in Derry believes a vast injustice was done that day ."

In his memoirs - Mister, Are You A Priest? - the late Bishop Daly said Bloody Sunday had cast a long shadow.

"Countless young people were motivated by the events of that day to become actively involved in armed struggle and, as a direct result, joined the Provisional IRA," he wrote.

Bloody Sunday was so enshrined in the republican psyche that a fresh public inquiry was the first demand Sinn Fein made of Tony Blair.

Bloody Sunday: A 'watershed' in the history of the Troubles © Getty The Saville Inquiry, which heard from 922 witnesses, took 12 years to complete and cost in the region of £195m.

In 2010, the victims, whose innocence had been called into question for decades, were completely exonerated by Lord Saville.

Veterans groups were outraged when the Police Service of Northern Ireland subsequently launched a murder investigation.

An estimated 300,000 soldiers served in Northern Ireland and there is no statute of limitation in terms of the potential for prosecution.

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THE Bloody Sunday massacre in 1972 is remembered as one of the darkest and bloodiest events of The Troubles in Northern Ireland - with the After the findings came in , the British Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged the British Army had fired the first shot and killed unarmed civilians.

" Sunday Bloody Sunday " is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the opening track from their 1983 album War and was released as the album's third single on 21 March 1983 in Germany and the Netherlands. " Sunday Bloody Sunday " is noted for its militaristic drumbeat, harsh guitar, and melodic harmonies.

Many feel there should be, but victims of terrorism disagree - fearing any amnesty would legally apply to the terrorists too.

Bloody Sunday: A 'watershed' in the history of the Troubles © Getty Theresa May has repeatedly told the Commons that legacy investigators are "only knocking doors of policemen and soldiers".

But Northern Ireland's Public Prosecution Service says only five of the 26 historical cases prosecuted have involved the security forces.

For the political parties in Northern Ireland, the legacy of the Troubles has been a political football for two decades.

But for most of the bereaved, this is about justice, not politics - a demand that any wrongdoing is properly investigated.

The wrongful labelling of their loved ones as "gunmen and bombers" significantly added to the pain of the Bloody Sunday families.

The public inquiry may have brought out the truth but for them, "the great wrong" can only be righted by the pursuit of justice.

One ex-British soldier to be charged over Bloody Sunday shootings.
One former British soldier is to be charged with the murders of two men and the attempted murders of four others over the Bloody Sunday shootings. There was insufficient evidence to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction for the other 16 former soldiers, the Public Prosecution Service said. Families gathered outside The Museum of Free Derry, yards from where the killings took place 47 years ago, and marched together to the city centre to hear the decision.

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