Republican News · Thursday 02 March 2000

[An Phoblacht]

Paratroop regiment promoted in Derry Journal

``I never thought I would live to see the day when the `Derry Journal' would carry recruitment ads for the Paras,'' said John Kelly of the Bloody Sunday Trust. Kelly's comments came after an advertisement promoting the British Army, including the Paratroop Regiment, responsible for the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre, appeared in an edition of Derry's local biweekly newspaper. The Pat Finucane Centre and Bloody Sunday Trust have condemned the newspaper's decision.

``This ad specifically invited recruits to the British Parachute regiment, the same regiment which murdered 14 Derry citizens and countless other civilians throughout the north,'' said John. ``The Journal is totally out of step with public opinion if management at the paper thinks this is acceptable in this city.''

The Pat Finucane Centre also condemned adverts seeking recruits for the Guards regiments. Two Guardsmen who were convicted of killing 18-year-old Peter McBride in Belfast are still members of the regiment, said a spokesperson. ``This is deeply hurtful to the McBride family and the wider community.''

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