‘Sunday’ group defend decision to stage march

Attending the Civil Rights solidarity evening held last Friday night in Pilots Row are, seated from left, Damien Donaghey, Kate Nash, Ivan Cooper, Linda Nash and Helen Deery. Standing, from left, are Micky Bridge, Tony Deery, Alex Wray, Michael Donnelly, Liam Wray and Fionnbarra O'Dochartaigh. (1312PG100)
Attending the Civil Rights solidarity evening held last Friday night in Pilots Row are, seated from left, Damien Donaghey, Kate Nash, Ivan Cooper, Linda Nash and Helen Deery. Standing, from left, are Micky Bridge, Tony Deery, Alex Wray, Michael Donnelly, Liam Wray and Fionnbarra O'Dochartaigh. (1312PG100)

The organisers of a march to mark the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday have defended their decision to stage the event.

Most of the families of the 14 people who were killed on Bloody Sunday have said they will not take part in next month’s march. However, a number of the families and some of the wounded say it’s important to mark the anniversary.

In a statement issued to the ‘Journal’ - signed by, among others, the families of Bloody Sunday victims Jim Wray and William Nash - the march organisers say: “We, as Bloody Sunday family members, feel the need to commemorate this important anniversary in solidarity with the people of Derry by continuing the ‘March for Justice’ - justice that, in our opinion, has never been achieved.

“Over the years, the Bloody Sunday families have been strongly supported by a broad range of groups and individuals from across the world. Bloody Sunday has become synonymous with injustice and the march has provided a platform for other people who have been denied a voice.

“We respect the right of everyone to commemorate the 40th anniversary in a manner of their choosing.

“We would encourage everyone to support all commemorative events. Equally, we would expect that our right to commemorate Bloody Sunday by continuing with the traditional march should be respected.”

The march organisers have invited the public to attend a meeting in Pilot’s Row on January 6 at 8 p.m.