Saturday, 29 January 2011
Bloody Sunday 2011 – No Civil Rights Without National Rights
As the marchers gather at Creggan Shops on Sunday [January 30] to retrace the steps of the original civil rights marchers, as has been done every year since 1972, they will do so knowing a massive weight has been lifted from the shoulders of the families of the dead and injured.
However, the British establishment is nothing if not reticent in its admissions of guilt.
While Saville didn’t have a remit to rule on other massacres, its findings moved Bloody Sunday out of its proper context in terms of British government strategy.
When David Cameron stood in the House of Commons to apologise for Bloody Sunday, he did so with large caveats attached; namely, that this was his first and last apology in relation to Britain’s role in Ireland and that the bloodbath in Derry was the exception to, rather than general experience of, the British military occupation.