The Bloody Sunday families have organised a programme of events to mark the 42nd anniversary of the 1972 massacre.
The events, which have been organised by the majority of the families of those murdered and wounded, will include panel discussion, walking tours, an anniversary Mass and the annual minute’s silence.
A spokesperson for the families said; “In respect of the agreement reached by the vast majority of Bloody Sunday family members in 2011, and the statement of that agreement re-released in the following two years and signed by over 100 family members of the deceased and wounded, in which they requested that there should be no more annual marches and mandated the Bloody Sunday Trust to continue to organise a commemoration of Bloody Sunday, the Bloody Sunday Trust have organised a series of events to mark the 42nd anniversary of Bloody Sunday.”
This year’s minute’s silence, which will be held at the Bloody Sunday monument on Rossville Street on January 30 at 4pm, will remember all unarmed civilians killed during the conflict.
“The Bloody Sunday Trust and the Pat Finucane Centre have urged people to make a special effort this year to attend the annual minutes silence at the monument. This year will be different,” the spokesperson said.
“In the wake of Saville we hear no more nonsense of phantom bombers or gunmen from British Government, media or unionist spokespersons about Bloody Sunday. But sadly there is still denial when it comes to accepting that hundreds more unarmed civilians were killed by the British army/RUC in addition to those murdered on Bloody Sunday. The Haass talks collapsed in part because of the alleged ‘innocent victims’ lobby who perpetrate the myth that the only ‘innocent victims’ were those killed by the IRA. This year, brief but powerful, contributions will be made by families from Belfast, Armagh, Tyrone and Derry both as a tribute to their loved ones and as a direct challenge to those who seek to create a hierarchy of victims depending on the perpetrator and the religion of the victim. All sides were responsible for killing unarmed civilians.”
This will be followed at 7.00pm by the Bloody Sunday memorial Mass in St Mary’s Church, Creggan.
At 7.30pm on Friday 31 January, in place of the annual Bloody Sunday lecture, a panel discussion will be held entitled ‘Dealing with the Haass’ which will look at the Haass proposals and why they have proved so controversial.
It will take place in the Foyle Drama Theatre of the North West Regional College, Strand Road and the panel will include Anne Cadwallader, author of Lethal Allies and caseworker at the PFC; SDLP MLA Alex Attwood, Sinn Féin representative Sean Murray, the Rev. Dr Lesley Carroll, and Denis Bradley.
On Sunday 2 February, at 11.00am, a wreath laying ceremony and prayer service will be held at the Bloody Sunday monument in Rossville Street.