The second anniversary of the Bloody Sunday report is not a time for celebration but for keeping up the pressure for justice to be done.
The British Government, and too many people in Ireland, want us to see publication of the report as the end of the matter. They think Cameron’s words on June 15th 2010 should be enough for us. That’s an insult.
One of the three demands of the Bloody Sunday campaign, endorsed by all the families, was for the prosecution of the men who pulled the triggers and the others who gave the orders. But there’s no sign of that happening.
The report found that neither my father Alex nor my brother William posed any threat to anyone at the time they were deliberately shot down by paratroopers on the streets of Derry. There was no confusion or mistake. British soldiers murdered my brother and attempted to murder my father and so far they have got away with it.
David Cameron said that his government wanted to face up to the truth about Bloody Sunday. That was only words. If there is evidence that somebody has committed murder, they should be charged and tried. Otherwise we are saying that the victims, our family members, weren’t full human beings.
The dead and wounded of Bloody Sunday are belittled by the fact that there have been no prosecutions. We call on all public representatives to bring this issue to the fore. It is wrong that it has hardly been heard of over the past two years. We owe it to our relatives not to let it rest.
All the families have made it clear that we are not looking for revenge. But we do want it acknowledged that murder was done in Derry that day, and that hasn’t happened.
There is also the issue of Gerry Donaghey. A shadow has been cast on his memory by the finding in the report that he probably had been carrying nail-bombs. We believe this finding was intended to give the report an appearance of “balance”. It wasn’t based on the evidence. This is an injustice which has to be put right.
It is also important to remember that the report allowed the army and political higher-up to get away scot-free, as if it was only a handful of paratroopers who planned and carried out the massacre of our relatives. When it came to the people who planned and gave the orders, the report was a whitewash. That’s the main reason Cameron was able to welcome it.
The march for justice for Bloody Sunday has not yet reached its destination. There is still a need to keep marching, which we shall be doing again next January and will be hoping for support from all who have campaigned through the years.
Kate Nash, Linda Nash