Northern Ireland marks 50 years since Bloody Sunday



Relatives of those killed and wounded on Bloody Sunday marched in Northern Ireland to mark 50 years since one of the bloodiest days in the conflict known as the Troubles.

Thirteen people were killed and 15 others injured when British soldiers opened fire on civil rights protesters on January 30, 1972, in the city of Derry, also known as Londonderry.

On Sunday, hundreds of people came to the Bloody Sunday Memorial for its annual memorial and wreath-laying ceremony.

The British government apologized in 2010 after a formal investigation found that soldiers opened fire without justification on unarmed civilians, fled and then lied about it. that for decades. The report refutes the initial investigation that took place shortly after the killings that say the soldiers defended themselves against gunmen and bombers from the Irish Republican Army.

A former British soldier was charged in 2019 in the killing of two of the protesters and wounding four others.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Parliament on Wednesday that Bloody Sunday was “one of the darkest days in our history” and the country “must learn from the past”.

Irish President Michael D. Higgins is expected to deliver a message to affected families late Sunday.

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