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Thousands of people have marched in what is intended to be the last Bloody Sunday march in Londonderry.
The marchers started from the Creggan area walking behind a banner carried by the families which read “vindicated”.
They completed the route begun in 1972 – the march usually stops at Free Derry Corner, but instead went all the way to the Guildhall. Organisers said they believe the annual event should come to an end following the publication of the Saville Report.
A statement said the protest was no longer necessary after the inquiry exonerated those who died in the 1972 Bloody Sunday shootings.
It was signed by the majority of the victims’ families.
Some relatives of the victims have called the proposal premature. They broke off from the parade at William Street and finished their march at Free Derry corner.
Earlier, hundreds gathered at the monument for the wreath-laying on the first Bloody Sunday anniversary since the publication of the Saville Report…
Fourteen people lost their lives on 30 January 1972 when British paratroopers opened fire on a civil rights march in Derry’s Bogside area…
Tony Doherty, whose father Paddy was…killed on Bloody Sunday, said he supported the ending of the march.
He added: “The vast majority of the families felt that what we had brought about, what we had achieved on 15 June, with the Saville Report as an exoneration, with the words of David Cameron, with apology and accepting political responsibility for the atrocity of Bloody Sunday, that it was now time for us all to consider moving on.”
Perhaps it’s time for some of the newspapers that supported the lies of various British governments over the years to declare remorse for their complicity. The way in which society as a whole learns of political events depends so much on the ideology of the owners of the media.
Whether some crass clown like Berlusconi is warping the news to support his quest for power – or Murdoch and Ailes are marching along on their merry dance in praise of 19th Century robber barons – too many people are willing to settle for a short answer and an aphorism from the Old Testament.
Collaboration is still a crime.