‘In Their Footsteps’ campaign in London

The 'In Their Footsteps' day of action in London on Wednesday.

The 'In Their Footsteps' day of action in London on Wednesday.

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A powerful campaign focusing on lost lives from the Northern Ireland conflict took its message to London on Wednesday.

‘In Their Footsteps’ - a sea of shoes, each pair symbolising lost or injured loved ones - went on display close to Downing Street.

The event - which coincided with International Human Rights Day - was attended by many people from Derry.

The ‘In Their Footsteps’ initiative has been organised by a coalition of groups and campaigners across Ireland.

Calling on the authorities to ‘Set the Truth Free’, campaigners aim to bring pressure on the Irish and British governments to set in place an acceptable means of dealing with the past that can achieve the results these families need.

Among those at Wednesday’s demonstration in Westminster was Harry Devenny, eldest son of Sammy Devenney - the Derry man who died three months after he and his family were assaulted by RUC officers at his Bogside home in April 1969.

Mr Devenny, who travelled from Manchester to support Wednesday’s day of action, said: “It’s important that this campaign has been brought to the capital, where it matters most.

“There has been a lot of interest in today’s event with many, many people asking questions.”

Sara Duddy, of the Derry-based Pat Finucane Centre - one of the organisers of the event - says the exhibition is without a specific political banner.

“This is about putting pressure on the British and Irish governments to deal with the past,” she said.

“We have asked any families who want to contribute.

“There are victims of loyalist and republican violence and of state violence. This is open to anybody.”