Archive: Bloody Sunday
An overview of the events of 30 January 1972 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, using archive footage from the day, interviews with key participants and information graphics. Army radio communications can be heard alongside pictures of the civil rights march in Derry that day, the rioting that took place at British Army barricades and the arrest operation launched by the 1st Parachute Regiment that resulted in the deaths of 13 civilians. One of those injured died some months later from injuries sustained on that day.
There is witness testimony from Denis, who was on the civil rights march that day and from Dennis Bradley, a priest at the time of the march. We then hear from Colonel Derek Wilford, commanding officer of 1 Para, as well as a Platoon Seargeant of the regiment. A graphical representation of the identity of the 13 victims and the location of their deaths then follows, before the recollections of Dr Raymond McClean, a marcher on the day.
In interviews conducted immediately after the shootings, Father Edward Daly, a local parish priest, claims that there was no provocation whatsoever while Major General Robert Ford, the commander of the British Army in Northern Ireland, maintains that the paras only opened fire after they had been fired at.
The clip concludes with British Prime Minister David Cameron's address to Parliament in the wake of the publication of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry in June 2010, when he apologised on behalf of the government and the country.
Available since: Fri 27 Jan 2012
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