Bloody Sunday Programme 2015

This year’s Bloody Sunday March for Justice is focused on the theme of building resistance.

Over the years internationalism has always been a central feature of the Bloody Sunday commemorative events.

In 2015 we focus on various struggles against injustice, from Ferguson Missouri to Guantanamo Bay, from Long Kesh and the ‘Hooded Men’ to the struggle against the on-going imprisonment of the Craigavon Two.

The 10 day series of events aims to provide a focus for discussion around a range of domestic and international campaigns, including a discussion on the recent referendum on Scottish Independence through to the current housing crisis in the North, the lessons of the campaigns against austerity and neo-liberal economic policies North and South and the behaviour of State forces in Missouri and elsewhere.

The aim of the organizers is to help build resistance and foster fraternal links across various campaigns.

The first major event of the programme will discuss the implications of the ‘Stormont Agreement’ on the on-going struggle for justice for the Bloody Sunday campaign. Our theme of RESIST! will be the subject of one of the flagship events to be held on Saturday at 12 noon at Pilots Row and we would encourage your participation in the debate.

Speakers include the Reverend Osagyefo Sekou, Missouri USA who has been prominent in the campaign on behalf of the family of Michael Brown, the black unarmed teenager killed by a white police officer in his hometown of Ferguson.  Joining him will be Independent TD for Donegal South West Thomas Pringle who is a vocal and high profile opponent of the suggested introduction of water charges in the South. This event will be followed by a second panel discussion at 2.30 pm in Pilots Row with columnists Brian Feeney and Patrick Murphy from the Irish News and Kitty Holland from the Irish Times who will explore the theme of ‘The State We’re In’.

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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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