Bloody Sunday (1972)

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Date30 January 1972 16:10
LocationDerry,  County Londonderry,  Northern Ireland
PerpetratorsBritish Army
Blamed onBritish Army (mostly Parachute Regiment)
Injured (non-fatal)14
Interest ofSaville Inquiry
DescriptionA shooting of unarmed civil rights protesters and bystanders by the British Army.

Northern Ireland

Bloody Sunday — sometimes called the Bogside Massacre — was an incident on 30 January 1972 in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland, in which twenty-six unarmed civil rights protesters or bystanders were shot by the British Army Parachute Regiment during a Civil Rights Association march. Thirteen men, seven of whom were teenagers, died immediately or soon after. Another man died four and a half months later from his injuries. Two protesters were injured when they were run down by army vehicles.

The Widgery Tribunal

Baron Widgery lead a purported investigation into the events of Bloody Sunday. He produced a report which exonerated the army and instead laid the blame for the killings on the march organisers for creating a dangerous situation where a confrontation was inevitable. His fiercest criticism of the Army was that their "firing bordered on the reckless".

The Saville Inquiry Report

Full article: Saville Inquiry

The Saville Inquiry reported in June 2010 some 38 years after the events and immediately accepted by the British government, found that all of those shot were unarmed, and that the killings were "unjustified and unjustifiable."


Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Saville Inquiry Reviewarticle16 June 2011Eamonn McCann
Document:The Brutal Legacy of Bloody Sunday is a Powerful Warning to Those Hoping to Save BrexitArticle19 March 2019Patrick CockburnWhat we are seeing is the two most divisive issues in modern British history coming together in a toxic blend: these are Brexit and the Irish question.


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