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UK: Derry marks 44th anniversary of Bloody Sunday02:12

UK: Derry marks 44th anniversary of Bloody Sunday

United Kingdom, Derry
January 31, 2016 at 19:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

Residents of Derry, Northern Ireland, held a commemorative march on Sunday to mark the 44th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, when British troops shot and killed 14 peaceful protesters at a civil rights march in the Bogside area of the city.

Marchers held signs condemning the British government and their policy of internment with messages including "End British internment in Ireland" and "Injustice exposed." The families and friends of the victims took part in the march, carrying crosses and pictures of their loved ones who were killed.

Thirteen people were killed on January 30, 1972 after British soldiers from the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment, opened fire on a peaceful anti-internment protest in the Bogside area of Derry. A fourteenth person died four months later as a result of the injuries he had sustained. In total, 26 unarmed civilians were shot, with many others sustaining injuries from rubber bullets and batons. Two civilians were also run over by military vehicles. Following the release of the Saville Report in 2010, which found that the British Army's actions were "unjustifiable," British Prime Minister David Cameron formally apologised on behalf of the United Kingdom. However the families of the victims are still seeking justice and have called for the prosecution of the soldiers involved in the shooting.

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Residents of Derry, Northern Ireland, held a commemorative march on Sunday to mark the 44th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, when British troops shot and killed 14 peaceful protesters at a civil rights march in the Bogside area of the city.

Marchers held signs condemning the British government and their policy of internment with messages including "End British internment in Ireland" and "Injustice exposed." The families and friends of the victims took part in the march, carrying crosses and pictures of their loved ones who were killed.

Thirteen people were killed on January 30, 1972 after British soldiers from the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment, opened fire on a peaceful anti-internment protest in the Bogside area of Derry. A fourteenth person died four months later as a result of the injuries he had sustained. In total, 26 unarmed civilians were shot, with many others sustaining injuries from rubber bullets and batons. Two civilians were also run over by military vehicles. Following the release of the Saville Report in 2010, which found that the British Army's actions were "unjustifiable," British Prime Minister David Cameron formally apologised on behalf of the United Kingdom. However the families of the victims are still seeking justice and have called for the prosecution of the soldiers involved in the shooting.

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