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Bloody Sunday march boycott

An anniversary march in January to mark the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday will not be attended by the majority of the families of the 14 people who died in Derry in 1972.

Birmingham based Cathal McElhinney, the brother of Kevin McElhinney who was killed in the Bogside when soldiers from the British Parachute regiment opened fire on a civil rights protest, said that the majority of families would not participate in the event.

He also said that there was a debate over whether or not the families would allow posters bearing portrait pictures of the deceased to be used by organisers of the march.

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“We’ve marched before and this stage is over and done with,” he said. “We haven’t got any convictions yet but police are gathering more evidence and taking more statements, we still want justice. At this moment I think two of the families are considering taking part, but we won’t be, no.”

The organisers of a march to mark the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday have defended their decision to stage the event.

Vinny Coyle, from the Civil Rights Veteran’s Association, said he believed the decision to have the march was the right one and is calling on the British government to set up an international truth and reconciliation forum.

“There will be a huge amount of support for this, because injustice is still going on. We would love all the families to be there but if they choose not to go, that’s their choice,” he said.

In June 2010, the long-awaited Saville report exonerated the victims of the victims of Bloody Sunday and delivered a damning account of the conduct of British paratroopers who opened fire on crowds at a civil rights demonstration.





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