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Bloody Sunday Inquiry:

By jimstaro - Posted on 15 June 2010

victims were all unarmed and killed without justification, says Saville report


15 Jun 2010 David Cameron has apologised for the actions of British soldiers after the Saville Inquiry found that 14 civil rights demonstrators and bystanders were killed without justification.


The Bloody Sunday Inquiry report found that all those killed were unarmed and that paratroopers had lost control and opened fire without warning. Some had been trying to flee when they were hit and soldiers had made up false accounts in a bid to cover up their actions, the report found. A total of 13 unarmed civilians, seven of them teenagers, died when soldiers from 1st Battalion, the Parachute Regiment opened fire during clashes after the banned march was stopped from entering the city centre on January 30 1972. A 14th man died some time later from his injuries. Continued



Our soldiers must live, and die, by the principles they fight so hard to uphold

15.06.10 The Saville Inquiry into the shootings on Bloody Sunday on January 30 1972 in Londonderry will not make comfortable reading for the British Army. The 5,000-page report was almost bound to be full of ambiguities and contradictions - witnesses to a crime or accident hardly ever agree. Saville's conclusions may be a matter of history but the issues are very much alive today. The abuse, torture and killing of civilians by soldiers is at the heart of the inquiry into the death of Baha Mousa in Iraq in 2003 and a string of other investigations into allegations of brutal misconduct in Iraq and Afghanistan. Snip If our soldiers are put into the field and the line of fire to uphold the notions of good government and the law, they must live, and sometimes die, for those principles. Claiming that soldiers are outside the law invites disaster, as the story of Bloody Sunday proves. Continued



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