“Last January, the vast majority of families decided that the 39th Anniversary would be the last march”

Despite the declaration by the organising committee last year following the publication of the Saville Inquiry report, and the absence of endorsement by the Bloody Sunday Trust this year, a sizeable number of people took part in the 40th anniversary Bloody Sunday march in Londonderry yesterday.  Estimates range from several hundred to almost 3000.

And, although Eamonn McCann doesn’t directly cite the absence of the Trust’s endorsement of yesterday’s march among the reasons for his resignation as chairman, he does register his disagreement with that decision.

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  • keano10

    Sure is’nt the good old Battle of The Boyne still being commemorated and recalled 320 years or so later…?

    On a more serious point though some of the families still wanted a march and their wishes are no less important than those who preferred otherwise. Also it could be legitimately argued that the events of Bloody Sunday are more than the soul preserve of victims families. The city of Derry was attacked that day. Its population were all victims of the sheer cold-blooded murder by by the now disgraced Parachute Regiment.

    If a march helps to absolve and heal some of that pain then so what…?

  • HeinzGuderian

    I thought we were moving on ?
    Or does that mantra only come into play when it suits certain ‘anniversaries’ ?

  • sherdy

    Heinz – Remember 1690! Who’s moving on?

  • Tomas Gorman

    Excellent angle on the legacy of Bloody Sunday here….

    http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php/site/article/12022/

  • SeanD

    The march has taken place and the people have spoken. 30,000 marched last year.
    Even the largest guestimates are no more than 3,000 and probably closer than 1,500 marched this year.
    Given the efforts at creating controversy and the very high percentage of dissident republicans in attendance, accompanied with Derry’s serial protesters, I think the vast majority of Derry people, as well as the vast majority of families have moved on.

  • Tomas Gorman

    Sean, the significance of the march itself is bigger than the wishes of some of the families. Some relatives of the murdered and injured feel that justice will only be done when guilty parties face prosecution and wish to march on to campaign for this. Other individuals wish to use the march to highlight other rights related campaigns and why not? Isn’t participation in street politics an essential part of democracy? Or is that only when some political leaders tell you it is?

    I’d urge you read the above link for a description how the British government has hijacked the event rather than those “dissidents” you describe.

  • Owain

    There are NO guarantees in life except that change will happen and we all die. No guarantees that those who commit heinous acts will be caught, punished or be contrite about their trespasses. What then, do we do? Being trapped by the belief that the only way to move forward is the event that those who have wronged us and our loved ones will be made accountable/punished thus, set us free and give us closure, is a lie. A lie that binds us with bitterness, hopelessness, rage, fear, depression, guilt and a host of other emotional cancers.
    AND it doesn’t make what happened unhappen. We are still at a great loss.

    Remembering and commemorating serve a public and private good however, we must look deep and ask ourselves what is the price we pay for waiting on a lie and not making conscious commitment to free ourselves from self (and other) imposed cycles of conflict.

  • Dixie Elliott

    Tomas Gorman that was indeed an excellent article you linked above.

  • Skinner

    I read that article too and it was the biggest load of nonsense ever committed to type. He completely fails to acknowledge that the reason NI is still British is that Ireland and Britain alike have decided that it should be until the majority of NI decide otherwise. The rest of it pretty much amounts to damning the British Government if they do and damning them if they don’t. It’s a childish article and appears to be written for a simplistic American audience.

  • Skinner

    On the main topic, people should just be allowed to march if they want to march. It doesn’t need collective ‘endorsement’ and equally people should not be seen as abandoning a cause if they decide not to do it anymore. Nothing to see here, in other words.

  • Alias

    That’s a bullshit-free article from Brendan O’Neill but he misses the key trick: how successfully the state managed a section of the public for the purpose of converting its former demand that Bloody Sunday’s victimisers should be declared guilty into a new demand that its victims should be declared not guilty. Having duly declared the victims not guilty, there were no more demands for the guilty to be brought to justice. You don’t make fools out of the public to that extent without the connivance of their own political leaders.

  • Tomas Gorman

    Skinner, whilst I agree with your second post, I find your first completely irrelevant to the subject matter.

    Alias, hear hear! See aove post by SeanD for results of such connivance.

  • Mary Anna

    3,700 murders 47,000 injured the country is suffering from PTSD -while the shinners are enjoying their lavish life style while those who lost loved ones suffer to this day. Ps/f are nor British official agent it is a laugh. by not stripping the medals of the paras cameron is just completly contradicting his apology for the murders, its common sense that the medals should be stripped off them, it has been proved the victims were innocent so basically the british army rewarded murderers for killing people in cold blood, anywere else in the world there would be a complete outcry about it ! but no not here because our media is so blatently happy to sweep anything under the carpet that might make the british establishment look bad
    15 minutes ago

  • Mary Anna

    3,700 murders 47,000 injured the country is suffering from PTSD -while the shinners are enjoying their lavish life style while those who lost loved ones suffer to this day. Ps/f are more British than the British! British official agents are they having it is a laugh or what..By not stripping the medals of the paras cameron is just completly contradicting his apology for the murders, its common sense that the medals should be stripped off them, it has been proved the victims were innocent so basically the british army rewarded murderers for killing people in cold blood, anywere else in the world there would be a complete outcry about it ! but no not here because our media is so blatently happy to sweep anything under the carpet that might make the british establishment look bad. It is a joke the troubles and their dirty war State and sinn/f have done some deals.

  • Mary Anna

    The Para criminal thugs who murdered mainly young teenage boys on Bloody Sunday should be stripped of any honours they received and they should be brought before the courts and be made to pay for their hideous crimes against humanity just like Nazi war criminals.

  • SeanD

    Tomas, the decision re the march was not taken by some of the families. It was taken by the vast majority of families and wounded and as seen by the numbers marching endorsed by the vast majority of the people of Derry and further afield.

    Of course people can continue to march and I have no problem with that. I am not convinced that last Sunday was a Bloody Sunday march and again I have no problem with that.

    As for any hi jacking it would be clear to anyone who looked at the march that the vast majority of marchers were dissident republicans of one sort or another. Again I have no problem with that. But lets ne honest about it.

    As to the wider issue of commemoration I attended several events organised by the Bloody Sunday Trust and Bloody Sunday Weekend Committee. Blood Sunday was not forgotten, the flaws of Saville were not forgotten and the treatment of Gerald Donaghey was not forgotten.

    As for my participation or not being at the direction of a political party, I took my lead from the vast majority of the families and wounded. if you know anything about Derry or the Bloody Sunday families you would know that they take their direction from themselves, and have for the last 20 years.

  • Harry Flashman

    Three, count ’em, factual errors in the first paragraph meant that I didn’t bother reading the rest of the article by O’Neill.

  • Tomas Gorman

    “Tomas, the decision re the march was not taken by some of the families. It was taken by the vast majority of families and wounded and as seen by the numbers marching endorsed by the vast majority of the people of Derry and further afield.”

    So what Sean? This is a commemorative and political event not a dick swinging competition. It’s not about the families nor the numbers or even ownership but the issues raised.

    Harry Flashman, non so blind eh?

  • Harry Flashman

    No Tomas, I just prefer people who claim to be knowledgeable about a subject to actually be, you know, knowledgeable about the subject.

  • Tomas Gorman

    Harry,

    Babies and Bathwater.

    We both can agree that the meat of Brendans artile is his analysis of how Britain has changed its role in Bloody Sunday. If there are minor inaccuracies regarding dates et cetera, thats pretty much by the by.

  • derryman

    tomas ,, i read o neills article … not really impressed either ,, you cannot take away the fact that 20 yrs ago the families got together and took on the establishment and won ,, despite people telling them youse have no chance of overturnig widgery ,, but they fought on regardless,, as for the march yes people can march if they want to .. no problem with that ,, but the fact is 99.9 percent of them had the foresight to know that to keep on marching would be counter prductive ,, so now trhey will do their thing at the monument every year ,,, gerald donaghy was wronged no doubt ,, but tell me this tomas ,, see the people who draped the banner over the flyover last year regardin gerards case ,, i wonder wat if anything have they done to highlight his case ,,, nothing its still the families carrying that torch ,,,,, if they are so worried why dont they try an do something more than just shouting it from the flyover