Bloody Sunday march to protest delays

This year’s Bloody Sunday Commemorative March in Derry will stop in William Street - where the original march was stopped on its way to the Guildhall before it was fired upon by British soldiers, killing 14 civilians.

The annual commemoration march usually ends at Free Derry Corner but this year’s meeting point has been changed to William Street to signify how the families’ search for justice is being prolonged by delays in the publication of the report of the Bloody Sunday inquiry. Speakers at the meeting will include a Bloody Sunday families’ representative and members of Sinn Féin and the SDLP.

2009 marks the 37th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Bloody Sunday Weekend Committee have announced details of other events taking place this during the anniversary weekend.

The following events are planned for the weekend.

Friday, January 30 -

4pm: A minute’s silence at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Rossville Street, to mark the time of the shooting on Bloody Sunday. All welcome.

4.30pm: Unveiling of the Bloody Sunday Banner, now on display in the newly refurbished Museum of Free Derry, Glenfada Park. All welcome.

7.30pm: Bloody Sunday Memorial Mass at St. Mary’s, Creggan. All welcome.

8pm: Dealing with the Past: Did Bradley/Eames get it right? at the Alexander Suite, City Hotel. An opportunity to discuss the findings of the ‘Consultative Group on the Past’, organised by the Pat Finucane Centre.

8.30pm: Screening of film ‘Sunday’ - Jimmy McGovern’s acclaimed drama documentary on Bloody Sunday, at the Telstar Bar, Creggan.

Saturday, January 31 -

6pm: Bloody Sunday Fundraising Concert: Songs of Struggle & Change at The Gasyard Centre, Lecky Road, featuring Joe Mulhearn; Eileen Webster; Gary Og; Cruncher O’Neill; Rory O’Dochartaigh; Tina McLaughlin; Declan McLaughlin; Barry Kerr and more. Admission #3.

8pm: Bloody Sunday Lecture - Clive Stafford Smith, Director of Reprieve/ Guantanamo lawyer - at the Calgach Centre, Butcher Street. The original Bloody Sunday march was held to protest the policy of internment without trial. A leading human rights defender speaks onthose held without trial in Guantanamo Bay.

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