Soldier F is to be charged with murdering two people after troops opened fire on civil rights demonstrators in Londonderry in 1972. Ceterans have reacted angrily to the decision to take legal action decades after the bloodshed. The organisers of today’s Rolling Thunder event said the protest was directed against the British Government rather than the victims’ families.
An estimated 7,000 Bikers from all over the country have descended on Westminster bringing chaos to traffic and public transport in the area.
Soldier F will face charges for the murders of James Wray and William McKinney and the attempted murders of Joseph Friel, Michael Quinn, Joe Mahon and Patrick O’Donnell, Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service has said.
Bloody Sunday helped galvanise support for the Provisional IRA early in the Troubles. An image of a Catholic priest waving a bloodstained handkerchief as he tried to help a victim to safety went around the world.
A public inquiry conducted by a senior judge shortly after the deaths was branded a whitewash by victims’ families and a campaign was launched for a new public inquiry.
Relatives sought to right the wrongs of false claims that their loved ones had been armed. A fresh probe was eventually ordered by then prime minister Tony Blair in 1998.
A decade-long investigation by Lord Saville concluded that the troops killed protesters who posed no threat.