Bloody Sunday in Derry, Ireland aftermath

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From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

No reason to delay inquiry

Friday 06 July 2012

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson‘s demand that any police inquiry into the Bloody Sunday army massacre in Derry must include investigation of his deputy Martin McGuinness‘s role is par for the course.

Robinson could be expected to do nothing else in order to retain the support of his electorate and of his Democratic Unionist Party.

This realisation could explain McGuinness’s calm reaction to the demand, together with his knowledge that the unionist establishment is engaged in laying down a smokescreen to cover up the real issues.

Those opposed to a police probe of the criminal activities of the British army have seized upon part of Lord Saville’s inquiry report which found that McGuinness had been in Derry on the day of the slaughter, “probably armed with a machinegun.”

McGuinness accepts being on the streets of the city where he lived but denies carrying a firearm.

Even if he were lying through his teeth about being armed it would be irrelevant – since the whole world knows now that, despite lies spread at the time by the military, British government and media, soldiers did not come under fire from the IRA on that day.

The 14 Irish Catholics done to death were unarmed and met their end as the result of members of the Parachute Regiment shooting them down without justification.

Saville also took apart the tissue of lies confected by the British military, political and media elite and demolished the absurd apology for an inquiry cobbled together by Lord Chief Justice John Widgery.

Even David Cameron has had to accept that the Bloody Sunday killings were “unjustified and unjustifiable.”

That being so, natural justice demands that the perpetrators of this heinous crime should face trial, but this is resisted by those in Northern Ireland with a vested interest in preventing a belated resolution of this matter.

It does not augur well for a speedy and successful procedure that the Northern Ireland Police Service is already suggesting that it could take a further four years – 40 years after the murders took place – before it is in a position to complete its investigation.

The police will require co-operation from the military, which already has form in welcoming back into its ranks – and subsequently promoting – the tiny number of soldiers found guilty of shooting civilians dead.

Similar co-operation will be needed from the British government and all its agencies to prevent a repeat, as Sinn Fein justice spokesman Raymond McCartney put it, of the “interference, prevarication and destroying of evidence that we witnessed during the Saville Inquiry.”

It is clear that there remains resistance within the police to investigating Bloody Sunday, despite Northern Ireland Police Federation chairman Terry Spence’s insistence that his organisation has always supported prosecution of police and soldiers if evidence is available.

Using the deaths of police officers killed by the IRA or the more recent murder of Constable Ronan Kerr by republican splinter groups in Omagh last year as bargaining counters against a Bloody Sunday investigation is unacceptable.

IRA members and other paramilitaries were arrested and prosecuted on a regular basis throughout the armed conflict for attacks on the security forces.

Their deeds were not systematically covered up by the authorities and justice denied to the families of the victims.

That is what causes Bloody Sunday to stand out and makes the police investigation a priority.

See also here.

The families of two men murdered by loyalist paramilitaries in Derry in 1976 demanded answers yesterday over possible collusion by the security forces in the killings: here.

Britain ‘falsely blamed’ IRA for bombing: here.

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  7. Bert Bakkenes schrijft over de Ierse strijd van dichtbij

    11 juli 2013 Bij Uitgeverij BraveNewBooks is het nieuwe boek van Bert Bakkenes verschenen, “Het water van de Foyle.” In deze historische roman wordt de hoofdrol gespeeld door Mairead Flynn, een Iers meisje dat in een voorstadje van Derry, in Noord Ierland woont.

    Het is 1972 en Mairead is niet echt geboeid door de zich steeds verder toespitsende politieke toestand. Tot op Bloody Sunday het Britse leger haar neef tot invalide schiet. Hij heeft nog geluk, 14 onschuldige burgers vinden de dood tijdens de demonstratie voor burgerrechten, vermoord door Britse soldaten.

    Mairead komt tot de conclusie dat ze niet langer kan toekijken. Ze voelt haar Ierse wortels en besluit om toe te treden tot de IRA, het Ierse Republikeinse Leger, dat een gewapende strijd voert tegen het Britse leger en de politie. Ze is tot alles bereid en komt zo in levensgevaarlijke situaties terecht. Maar dat accepteert ze zonder voorwaarden. Maar een ding is haar leidraad; Ierland moet vrij worden, en zo lang dat niet zo is zijn alle middelen geoorloofd. “Het water van de Foyle” geeft een beeld van een bittere, maar gerechtvaardigde oorlog, die het logisch gevolg was van de onderdrukking van een volk.

    De personen in het boek zijn fictief, maar veel van de situaties en incidenten hebben in andere contexten wel plaats gevonden, en daarom geeft het boek een goede kijk op de Ierse strijd van binnen uit. Een strijd die nog steeds niet voorbij is.

    De auteur

    Bert Bakkenes, geboren in Amersfoort uit een Amsterdams Joodse familie, schrijft al jaren voor kleinere bladen en kranten en werkt ook als freelance vertaler Duits en Engels. Verder houdt hij zich bezig met politiek en geschiedenis, schrijft korte verhalen en artikelen. Al sinds zijn jeugd is hij gefascineerd door alle facetten van de Tweede Wereld Oorlog, en het Ierse conflict. De kennis hierdoor opgedaan heeft hij gebruikt voor zijn eerst roman met historische achtergrond, onder de titel “Vanuit de Duisternis het licht tegemoet”. Dit boek kwam in 2005 uit.

    Zijn tweede roman “Morgen kan het te laat zijn”, dat uitkwam in 2009 heeft ook de Tweede Wereld Oorlog en vooral de Jodenvervolging en het verzet als achtergrond. Oorlog, vervolging en het verzet hier tegen zijn thema’s die hem blijven inspireren. Zijn huidige roman, met als achtergrond het conflict in Noord Ierland, laat de harde werkelijkheid zien van de Ierse strijd. Maar ook de persoonlijke verhalen en gevoelens van mensen die bij de strijd betrokken raken.

    “Het water van de Foyle” is exclusief te koop via voor € 22,99 en kan zonder verzendkosten worden besteld.

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  14. Friday 18th
    posted by Paddy McGuffin in Britain

    High Court decision angers victims’ relatives
    RELATIVES of innocent civilians killed by the British army on Bloody Sunday expressed anger yesterday at a High Court ruling preventing former soldiers being questioned by police in Northern Ireland.

    Thirteen people were shot dead when members of the Parachute Regiment opened fire on civil rights protesters marching in Derry on January 30 1972.

    Another man, John Johnson, died from his wounds several months later.

    Seven ex-soldiers, who continue to hide their identity behind cyphers, sought a judicial review against the chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

    Granting the order, which prohibits their arrest and transfer to the country, three judges sitting at the High Court in London “unhesitatingly concluded” that not doing so would result in a risk to the men’s safety.

    Kate Nash, whose 19-year-old brother William was killed, said: “We have fought for a very long time and we will continue to fight. If it takes us to go to England, then so be it.

    “I want them tried and, if found guilty, I’ll settle for whatever punishment a judge gives them, whether that’s two years or whatever.

    “I am not interested in punishment, I am interested in the law taking its course for innocent victims.”

    Meanwhile, Sinn Fein said the court’s decision does little to instil confidence in the justice system.

    Northern Ireland Assembly member Raymond McCartney said: “It has been established that people shot and killed on Bloody Sunday were murdered and the PSNI have a statutory duty to investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice.

    “The decision by the High Court in Britain to stop suspects being brought to the north for questioning is the latest in a long line of impediments put in the way of this investigation.”

    The PSNI probe was initiated after the British government-commissioned Saville inquiry found that none of the victims posed a threat to the soldiers when they were shot.

    Following the publication of the Saville report in 2010, British Prime Minister David Cameron apologised for the Parachute Regiment’s actions, branding them “unjustified and unjustifiable.”

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