End of March for Justice 2014 addressed by Stafford Scott

Stafford Scott addressed  the rally at the end of the of  the 2014 Bloody Sunday March.  He was introduced by Bernadette McAlliskey.  Here is a video of what they said:

Stafford Scott is a community activist from Tottenham, London.   In his talk he makes many links between his experiences in London and our experiences in Derry.   He talks of  how  the state learned from what it did in Derry, and across the six counties, and how the behaviour of the state’s representatives in Derry in the 1970s connects to the Metropolitan Police’s shoot-to-kill policy, that claimed the life of Mark Duggan in Tottenham in 2012.

He sees many parallels between the lives of  people  in Tottenham  and in Derry and especially  between the campaign for justice in Tottenham and the campaigns for justice here.

He concludes the address with the slogan of Mark’s campaign:

“No Justice, No Peace, No Justice No Peace, No Justice, No Peace!  Derry I salute you  – One love, peace!”

That slogan echoes the words of Martin Luther King:

“Peace is not the absence of war but the presence of justice”.

We have a way to go yet and getting there concerns us all, and as Stafford says:

“It is critical that we support each other.

It is critical that we hold each other’s hands in this march for justice.”

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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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