January 30, 2020 | 1 minute read
Remembering Bloody Sunday, 48 years on
On the 30th of January 1972, 14 Irish people were murdered and many more injured by the British Paratroopers in Derry, at a peaceful anti-internment rally. 48 years later there is still a denial of justice.
On the 30th of January 1972, 14 Irish people were murdered and many more injured by the British Paratroopers in Derry, at a peaceful anti-internment rally. The British government and their respective cronies have lied and lied again about the events of the day. Statements about those murdered and injured carrying weapons were completely false. They lied about 17 year old Gerard Donaghy possessing a nail bomb, not only in 1972, but in the 2010 Saville Inquiry which was set up by the notorious war criminal Tony Blair.
None of these manoeuvres can hide the fact that the responsibility for Bloody Sunday lies with British imperialism and its agents. No matter how many bogus inquiries they make pinning the blame on 'one bad apple', the active, deliberate role of British occupation forces in the massacre is obvious to anyone. This is a fact we will never forget or forgive.
48 years later there is still a denial of justice. Though it is not a surprise that the British state will do everything possible to protect its presence in Ireland, Red Fightback expresses its outrage that the remaining murderers will still be allowed to live in freedom, and even actively defended by the most reactionary supporters of British imperialism, and we extend our deepest sympathy and support to the families of the dead. We will continue to fully support the desire to see these crimes answered for.
We, as socialists and anti-imperialists, recognise that the struggle of the Irish working class for national liberation and socialism is connected with the struggles of working and oppressed people in Britain and around the world. We stand in firm solidarity as supporters of a united Ireland with the people of Ireland.
British imperialism out of Ireland!