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Eamonn McCann and Bloody Sunday families on the Saville Report

Issue No. 2206

Eamonn McCann on the Saville Report

Eamonn McCann, who was present at Bloody Sunday and wrote Socialist Worker’s front page after the massacre, said on Tuesday:

“I’ve never felt so euphoric in my life.

“The Bloody Sunday dead and families have been entirely vindicated. The families won what they fought for for 38 years and the parachute regiment disgraced.

“Consequences follow from that.

“The responsibility for Bloody Sunday doesn’t simply rest with those on the ground, it rests with the senior officers who sent the paras into the Bogside in full knowledge of what was likely to happen.

“When people talk about prosecutions I think it would be unfair if they were made to carry the entire burden of guilt. There are people more culpable than them.”

Families speak out

A relative of Michael McDaid, who was killed on Bloody Sunday said, “We were sure he was not armed with any illegal weapons.

“For 38 years ago a story went around world that was concocted to say bombers were on our streets and they were shot and killed.

“Today that lie has been uncovered.”

Alana Burke was wounded on Bloody Sunday by a British tank. She said, “None of the wounded were posing a threat of death or serious injury”

“We thank our friends throughout Ireland and throughout the world who kept the flame alive.

“We know and appreciate the trauma you went through to help our families and to carry us along through our journey.

“Everything else fades into insignificance to the fact that those folk who were gunned down on Bloody Sunday were ordinary innocent Derry people.”

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