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Bloody Sunday relatives’ fury at graffiti

Graffiti that has appeared after yesterday's Bloody Sunday march. DER0714SL020

Graffiti that has appeared after yesterday's Bloody Sunday march. DER0714SL020

Relatives of those murdered on Bloody Sunday have said painting slogans on walls does not honour the memory of those who were killed.

In the early hours of Sunday morning graffiti relating to the massacre was daubed on walls throughout the Bogside, Brandywell and Creggan areas.

The graffiti, with slogans such as ‘Justice for the 14 men,’ ‘God bless the 14 men of 1972,’ and ‘Remember Bloody Sunday’ was painted along the route of the Bloody Sunday commemoration march.

Other slogans, including ‘Beware the risen people,’ ‘End internment now IRPWA,’ ‘Beware the thing that is coming’ and ‘For what died the sons of Roision?’ (sic) were also painted along the route.

The slogans were painted on homes, including bungalows belonging to pensioners, community centres, and play parks.

John Kelly, whose brother, Michael, was among those killed by British paratroopers on January 30, 1972, said graffiti is not a fitting way to commemorate the Bloody Sunday victims.

“They have no respect for the memory of our loved ones or for people’s property,” he said.

“It is wrong and it should not have happened,” he added.

Linda McKinney, manager of the Gasyard Centre, which was also targeted, said the local community do not want to see graffiti daubed on walls.

“I’m very disappointed by this graffiti,” she said. “A lot of money has been spent reimaging this area and it takes a lot of work to keep the community looking well. We have just spent £10,000 on a new mosaic celebrating the arts and crafts heritage of the area. This goes against all of that. It is an attack on the whole community,” she added.

Ms McKinney said the walls of community facilities should not be used as a political platform. “We support all of the Bloody Sunday families but I don’t think writing on walls of homes and community facilities is a way to get any message across.

“We would be against any graffiti in the area, regardless of what it says. Time and time again the people of the community have given their backing to projects to clean up and reimage the area. The amount of families who use the services provided by the Triax neighbourhood management team is an example of this. People do not want graffiti on the walls of the community,” she said.

One pensioner who lives in the area said; “We are fed up with writing on our walls all the time. It makes the place look terrible,”

 

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