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From The Socialist newspaper, 16 June 2010
Bloody Sunday report appears 38 years late
THE SAVILLE Report into the shooting dead of 14 unarmed protesters and bystanders by members of the British parachute regiment at a civil rights demo in Derry, Northern Ireland, on 30 January 1972, has finally been published.
The report - which contains 900 witnesses' interviews, cost £12 million (including £100 million in legal fees) and has taken 12 years to compile - concludes that 'some of the victims' were unlawfully killed by British soldiers.
This conclusion begs the question as to whether the authorities will attempt to prosecute a number of soldiers. For the establishment, at this late stage, prosecution would open up a political can of worms as loyalist and republican paramilitaries convicted of sectarian murders were released early from prison as part of an amnesty under the Good Friday agreement.
The original report into the shootings by Lord Widgery in 1972 was a whitewash. In 1998 the PM, Tony Blair, agreed to a fresh inquiry as an olive branch to get Sinn Fein nationalists to sign up to the Northern Ireland peace initiative.
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In The Socialist 16 June 2010:
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'Bloodbath budget' day protests and meetings
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TUSC plans for future elections
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Willetts approves tuition fees hike
Bloody Sunday report appears 38 years late
IDS's 'anti-poverty drive' attacks the poorest!
High speed trains and high priced fares
Why we don't back the Queen's pay claim
Tower Hamlets: Jobs, homes and services - not the racist EDL!
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Greece: A test bed for 'austerity' and resistance
Spain: Millions of public sector workers strike over brutal cuts
Portugal: Mobilisation against austerity reaches new level
Socialist Party Scotland launched at packed and inspiring meeting
The Socialist 16 June 2010 |
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