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Hillsborough campaigner on inquest results - 'I'm elated with the result, but angry at the system'

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2501

Hillsborough families and survivors celebrate the inquest results today outside court in Warrington

Hillsborough families and survivors celebrate the inquest results today outside court in Warrington (Pic: PA)


Ninety six Liverpool football fans who died as a result of the Hillsborough football disaster were unlawfully killed.

The jury in fresh inquests into the deaths delivered their decisions today, Tuesday. Jurors' decisions were an utter vindication for families of the dead, survivors, and everyone who has fought for justice.

The jury ruled that fans’ behaviour played no part in the dangerous situation at the Leppings Lane turnstiles.

Sheila Coleman is part of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign and has fought for years to get truth and justice over the disaster. She told Socialist Worker, “After 27 years of adversity it is difficult to know how to respond to a positive outcome.

“The norm for so many years has been to continue the lie of Hillsborough and for us to fight that lie.

“I sat through the original inquests when the jury was lied to and the coroner’s court was used as a vehicle for cover-up and conspiracy.

Exoneration

"Today, I have heard a verdict of unlawful killing and the total exoneration of the fans.

“I am elated with the result but angry at a system that allowed a cover-up for all these years. They wanted us to go away. We never did. Let that be a lesson to the state and its agents.

“I hope this battle against the state inspires confidence in others to challenge injustice.”

The Hillsborough Justice Campaign said after the decisions, “We have always known why the disaster happened. Yet it has taken over 27 years for the dead to receive a proper verdict.

“The intervening years have been tortuous for families and survivors. They have seen senior police officer after senior police officer retire early on full pensions.

“We call for the immediate removal of the current chief constable of South Yorkshire Police. We also call for all senior officers involved on the day to lose their pension rights with immediate effect.”

For full coverage of the inquests, the truth about the Hillsborough disaster and the cover-up see this week’s Socialist Worker

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