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The truth - politicians and police lied about Hillsborough deaths

Issue No. 2274

The long-fought campaign for justice for 96 Liverpool football fans crushed to death at the Hillsborough stadium in 1989 has won an important victory.

Government ministers finally agreed on Monday to release up to 300,000 official documents relating to the disaster and to feed them into an independent inquiry.

Yet for all the grandstanding by politicians, it was the establishment cover-up that blamed victims for the disaster.

The result this week followed persistent work by campaigners who refused to allow this scandal to go unchallenged.

It was not bestowed upon us by generous MPs.

South Yorkshire police caused the Hillsborough tragedy. They looked on as Liverpool supporters were crushed into pens far too small to hold them.

They attacked a “pitch invasion” as people desperately tried to pull down barriers and escape the crush. They held back fans who tried to help the injured.

The aftermath was as savage as the day. The Sun newspaper repeated the cops’ lies and blamed fans. It said, “Some fans picked pockets of victims. Some fans urinated on the brave cops.”

Sun editor at the time, Kelvin McKenzie, said in 2006, “I was not sorry then and I am not sorry now”.

David Cameron should make an official apology. And we must keep fighting for justice for those whose lives have been destroyed by establishment cover-ups.

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What We Think
Tue 18 Oct 2011, 18:59 BST
Issue No. 2274
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