January 30, 1972

Bloody Sunday victims

Bloody Sunday (Irish: Domhnach na Fola) is the term used to describe an incident in Derry, Northern Ireland, on 30 January 1972 in which 27 civil rights protesters were shot by members of the 1st Battalion of the British Parachute Regiment during a Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march in the Bogside area of the city. Thirteen people, seven of whom were teenagers, died immediately, while the death of another person 4½ months later has been attributed to the injuries he received on the day. Two protesters were injured when they were run down by army vehicles. Many witnesses, including bystanders and journalists, testify that all those shot were unarmed. Five of those wounded were shot in the back. [from Wikipedia] 

4 thoughts on “January 30, 1972

  1. This is one of the most horrible tragedies that I have ever heard of. The protest was about the fact that a year earlier, the British government started detaining people suspected of involvement in the IRA without a trial. That is what these brave souls were protesting, unarmed, on this Bloody Sunday. My heart goes out to those who lost and suffered on this day.

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  2. Helen, simply put, North Ireland is only British because Britain decided to keep it when they returned the rest of Ireland. To this day, almost every single Irish man, woman and child, wishes to have all their country reunited. Simply put, Britain gave back Canada, Jamaica, and numerous other countries, gave it back to those who lived there. The whole time we’ve been askin whens it our turn. Now we’ve finally decided that we are not going to wait. Now we’ve decided we want our turn now, and we arent going to wait any longer.

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