The Bloody Sunday March Committee is honoured to announce that his year’s Bloody Sunday march and rally will be addressed by our guest speaker, Stephen Travers.
The committee, through its march and rally this year has chosen to maintain its focus on the role and responsibility of the top British officers and politicians who organised, ordered and implemented the January 30th 1972 massacre in the Bogside and then concocted a lying cover story to hide the truth from the world.
The Bloody Sunday March Committee calls for responsibility for the killings to be laid at the door not only of those who pulled the triggers but of those who ordered that the triggers be pulled.
These include General Sir Frank Kitson,Belfast commander at the time, author of the standard British Army “anti-terrorist manual, “Low Intensity Operations,” who sent the Paras to Derry to “police” the civil rights march.
General Sir Robert Ford, Commander of Land Forces Northern Ireland, who stood at the bottom of William Street on the fringe of the Bogside on the day shouting “Go on the Paras!“ as the killers poured through a barbed-wire barricade into the Bogside.
General Sir Michael Jackson, second in command of the 1stBattalion, Parachute regiment on the ground on the day who personally drafted and wrote out in his own hand the cover story, which was to become the standard British account of the Bloody Sunday killings.
And British Conservative Prime Minister of the day, Sir Edward Heath.
Stephen is a survivor of the Miami Showband massacre, which was a milestone event in the history of the conflict that took place outside Newry town in July 1975 and seen 3 of his band mates killed, along with two of the attackers.
This murderous attack was perpetrated by serving members of the British army’s UDR regiment, who at that time were also members of the UVF and part of the notorious, Glenanne gang,
The Glenanne gang were responsible for upwards of 150 murders over the course of the conflict, including: members of the Reavey and O Dowd families in South Armagh in January 1976 and the killing of 34 people who died in the Dublin-Monaghan bombings in May 1974.
The current Garda Commissioner in the South, Drew Harris, while serving as the PSNI’s link-man with MI5 in the 1990’s helped suppress a report by the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) into the activities of the Glenanne gang.
To this day that report remains unfinished and despite demands from people like Stephen Travers, the Reavey and O’Dowd families, their legal representatives, NGO’s and many, many more for it to be released it continues to be withheld from the public due to its ‘national security implications’ and fears of how its content might adversely affect the peace we have.