Torrential rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of those attending the annual march to commemorate the Ballymurphy Massacre on Sunday.
Many Derry people travelled to West Belfast for the occasion - 41 years after paratroopers murdered eleven innocent civilians in the Ballymurphy estate before moving on to Derry and committing the further atrocity of Bloody Sunday six months later.
John Kelly, brother of Bloody Sunday victim Michael Kelly, organised a bus from Derry. “It went very well, despite the rain, and it was all very well organised,” he told the ‘Journal’.
“We had a full bus of Bloody Sunday families, campaigners and members of the public who went for the march and it was a great day all-round.”
Mr Kelly revealed that the annual march also attracted campaigners from the Loughinisland, McGurk’s Bar and Springhill campaigns.
“There was a great turn-out for the Ballymurphy families and great media coverage too, which is very important in keeping Ballymurphy in the spotlight. Margaret Brady also spoke on behalf of her brother, Daniel Hegarty, and she was excellent.”
Mr Kelly expressed his thanks to the Ballymurphy families for their “warm welcome”.
“They were delighted to see us down there,” he said.
The ardent Bloody Sunday campaigner urged the public to throw their collective weight behind Ballymurphy and other campaigns in the North.
“I would again call on people to support the Ballymurphy campaign and, indeed, all the campaigns which are currently seeking truth and justice here,” he said.
“They really need the public’s support to succeed.”
He hopes that the 41st anniversary march will further strengthen the case of the Ballymurphy campaign.
“It is important for the world to realise - they are not going to go away,” he added.