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Bloody Sunday March Committee

On the 26th January 1974, Bridget Bond of the ‘Derry Civil Rights Association’ unveiled the monument to the victims of Bloody Sunday. Its inscription reads, “Their epitaph is in the continuing struggle for democracy”.

Implicit in this is the recognition that democracy will always be a conflict resolving-process striving against sectional interests for the ideals of justice and human rights. This necessitates an active informed citizenry and inclusive educational spaces where issues of concern can be raised, reflected on, and democratic actions initiated.

In the spirit of that understanding this committee has formed to oversee the organisation of an annual ‘March For Justice’ and associated educational/cultural events on and around the Sunday nearest the 30th January each year.

These will continue to focus on the cause of justice for the victims of Bloody Sunday together with other human rights and social justice issues we face into at that moment (be that at a local, national or international level) thereby breathing life into the cause they died struggling for.

In organising the events we will strive to create inclusive non sectarian spaces where the complex issues of justice arising from the violent political conflict in and about ‘Northern Ireland’ and the many other complex social issues facing us can be freely addressed.

The march itself will continue to act as inclusive platform for the many seemingly disparate ongoing campaigns concerning the people of these islands and beyond, a moment to come together, make connections and raise our issues in solidarity.

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Context 2017

One World One Struggle

Bloody Sunday was inflicted on the people of Derry.  But it has resonated around the world.  It is a local issue relevant to people everywhere.

Over the 45 years since British paratroopers erupted into the working-class Bogside area with rifles spitting death at civil rights marchers, representatives of victims of State violence from both sides of the Atlantic, from Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere, have travelled to Derry to take part in the annual commemoration and give substance to the idea of 'One World, One Struggle'. 

The British Government still sets its face Iike flint against telling the full truth about the Derry massacre.  A long Inquiry reported in 2010 that all the dead and wounded had been unlawfully shot. Despite this, the Report stopped well short of proposing prosecution of the killers - and pointed no finger of`blame at the senior military officers who had sent the Paras in, or at the politicians who had connived at the assault and then orchestrated a cover-up.

This is always the way when it comes to the violence of imperialism.

Only the persistence of family members and their supporters forced a police investigation. We await the outcome. One reason the British authorities fear the facts about Bloody Sunday is that this massacre cannot be ascribed to warring Irish factions. This was an authentically British atrocity.

Past commemorations have featured African Americans, Palestinians, former Guantanamo prisoners, victims of police violence in Britain etc., as well as members of other families bereaved by murder here in the North, in many cases murder inflicted by State agents and then systematically lied about to protect the same undercover agents.

Lectures, debates and cultural events are highlighted, economic struggles, women’s rights, gay rights, the rights of the environment, and many other examples of`oppression.  We have commemorated, too, the killing of other innocent people by non-State groups - Dublin Monaghan, Birmingham, Shankill, Greysteel, the Ormeau bookies, etc.

We believe that the programme we have produced this year puts Bloody Sunday in its proper context, an extreme example of the fact that, commonly, it’s innocent people who pose no threat to anyone who bear the brunt of conflict.

The trek towards truth and justice has been long and sometimes arduous. But we keep on keeping on because the cause is just and gives good example to the one world in which we all struggle. 

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