February 1985 - British Army is blamed for Bloody Sunday graffiti

The defacing of a number of buildings in Derry over the weekend with derogatory slogans referring to the Bloody Sunday victims, the Pope and Irish people in general, has been blamed on the British Army.

Among the buildings extensively vandalised was St Joseph’s Secondary School in Creggan.

The graffiti included the following slogans: ‘Death to the Paddies’; ‘Paras 13 Derry 0’; ‘F*** the Pope’; ‘Anglians Rule OK’.

The graffiti has caused considerable anger among the nationalist community in the city.

Among those who condemned it were Sinn Fein elected representative Martin McGuinness.

It appears most of the slogans were painted with the same silver coloured spray paint.

Police are investigating.