The relatives of two of those shot dead by the Parachute Regiment on Bloody Sunday have urged people to march for justice and put the focus for the atrocity on the British Establishment next month.
Liam Wray’s brother Jim (22) was shot in Glenfada Park while Kate Nash’s brother Willie (19) was gunned down at the Rossville Flats on January 30, 1972 when 13 people marching against internment were slaughtered in the Bogside. A 14th victim, John Johnston, would die four months later.
At the launch of the 2019 march this week both watched with other relatives and supporters as four billboards of Edward Heath (British Prime Minister), Major General Robert Ford (Commander of Land Forces in the North), Captain Mike Jackson (Adjutant 1 Para) and Brigadier Frank Kitson (O/C 39th Infantry Brigade with responsibility for 1 Para) were lowered from the Derry Walls. Over the posters the word ‘guilty’ was emblazoned.
Mr. Wray said: “For me, the legacy of Jim and all those who died that day should be that we bring Government and those responsible to book. That’s the only way it ever stops in the future.”
Ms. Nash said: “Everybody who wants to come to this march are more than welcome. It’s all inclusive. All the political groups are welcome. I’m aware they don’t come. The republican movement has supported us terrifically over the years. I would ask them to come back and join us again this year.”
Eamonn McCann said that when David Cameron made his ‘apology’ in June 2010, he had let the State off the hook.
“What he was saying was that these killings were carried out by rogue soldiers, operating outside their military instructions and that therefore the British Army itself and the British State had no case to answer. Saville found he British State innocent of the killings on Bloody Sunday. That is why we keep campaigning every year,” he said.
The Bloody Sunday March Committee is urging people to march behind the ‘Jail Jackson’ banner next January 27.