Controversial ‘Sunday’ video ‘switched off’

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A controversial video installation at Derry’s Guildhall featuring remarks by a former British soldier who was in the city on Bloody Sunday has temporarily been removed.

Some relatives of the Bloody Sunday victims had complained to Derry City Council over the content of the video.

In particular, they objected to comments from the former head of the British Army, General Sir Mike Jackson, being included in the exhibit.

He made the remarks in a TV interview in 2010, saying the vast majority of soldiers who served in the North had “behaved admirably, often in the face of severe provocation”.

Jackson was a captain with the Parachute Regiment in Derry on January 30, 1972.

Some of the families have said they are “angered, distressed and insulted” by the inclusion of the retired general’s comments.

Kate Nash, whose brother, William, was among those murdered by 1 Para in the Bogside on Bloody Sunday, said she was “absolutely affronted and furious” that Jackson’s comments were included.

The exhibit is one of several new “interpretation panels” installed in the Guildhall during the recent refurbishment.

A spokesperson for Council confirmed today that the audio visual element of the exhibit “has been temporarily switched-off as it is currently being reviewed.”