A series of events to mark the 42nd anniversary of Bloody Sunday will take place at various locations in Derry this weekend.
On Sunday, the Bloody Sunday March for Justice will leave from the Creggan Shops at Central Drive around 2.30 p.m., making its way to the Bogside where a rally will be addressed by Stafford Scott who will give an insight into the events surrounding the controversial killing of Mark Duggan in London in 2011.
Earlier on Sunday, at 11 a.m., a wreath-laying ceremony and prayer service will be held at the Bloody Sunday monument on Rossville Street.
At 7.30 p.m. this evening (Friday), in lieu of the annual Bloody Sunday lecture, a panel discussion, entitled “Dealing with the Haass”, will take place at the Foyle Theatre in the NWRC, Strand Road. The panel will include Paul McFadden, Anne Cadwallader, Alex Attwood, Sean Murray, Rev. Dr. Lesley Carroll and Denis Bradley. Also this evening (7.30 p.m.), a talk featuring Phil Scraton, author of the acclaimed book, ‘Hillsborough: The Truth’, will take place at the Nerve Centre.
Tomorrow, a panel discussion, featuring Paddy Hill, Liam Wray and Raymond McCord, will take place at 1.30 p.m. at Pilot’s Row, Rossville Street. This will be followed by further panel events on ‘Towards Justice’ (Pilot’s Row 3.30 p.m.), ‘The Perspectives of Bloody Sunday’ (An Culturlann, Great James’ Street 2 p.m.), ‘Youth Structures’ (4 p.m., An Culturlann) and ‘The Killing of Mark Duggan (Pilot’s Row, 7.30 p.m.)
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Bloody Sunday March Committee 2014 says it is unfortunate that there continues to be “public disagreement” over the decision by some relatives’ to mark the anniversary by staging a march.
The spokesperson said: “There is no need for this. Some family members think it is right to continue marching, others believe that marching now serves no purpose. Everybody should be free to do what they believe and nobody should be denounced because of that.”
The spokesperson said nobody had the right to put themselves forward as speaking for “the Bloody Sunday families... as if they were representing every family.”
“We had 28 people hit by bullets on Bloody Sunday. By this stage, nearly two generations later, there are literally hundreds of people who could claim to be members of the ‘Bloody Sunday families’. They are not a political group with agreed policies. They have disagreements. This is normal, natural.”