Cacophony over Derry story ‘inevitable’…

So says Gregory Campbell in the Derry Journal. He argues that Nationalist narratives of the Derry story have historically dominated the media, but that:

“…now that there has been a modicum in redressing this massive imbalance in reporting, there has been a litany of excuses, outrage, and straightforward denial of the evidence.

“However much some people in the nationalist-republican community do not like the sequence of events that took place, they cannot be denied. Some in their community intimidated, abused, attacked and saw the removal of a massive section of the unionist community.

“Before the IRA campaign and the triumphalist activities of their political representatives began, unionists were content to live on the west bank. There were undoubtedly other factors but shooting, bombing and intimidation played its part. To the unionist community, I say this: ‘We cannot force our neighbours to face up to what was done in their name, but we must never let them forget that it was done’.”

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