Editorial - Where are the protestors today?

Forty five years ago this weekend thousands of Derry people took to the streets to challenge discrimination by an unrepresentative and undemocratic regime.

Their grievances included lack of jobs, housing and the denial of democratic rights to the majority. They were also protesting about decades of wilful neglect of the north west by a government who didn’t care.

Derry had been starved of investment, denied a university, and forced into economic isolation through a lack of proper infrastructure.

The marchers who campaigned against these injustice were beaten off the streets by the powers they sought to challenge but, far from deterring them, the attack strengthen their resolve to overcome.

Today, although the political landscape of the North has changed almost beyond recognition and the old regime has gone, Derry still suffers from chronic unemployment, housing problems and lack of investment in infrastructure. We are still waiting for our university to reach its potential.

While now we have a locally-elected Assembly making important decision, the purse strings are still controlled by an unrepresentative regime at Westminster which the people of this city have no role in electing.

Where are the protesters today?