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High praise for Bloody Sunday families' efforts

The families of the Bloody Sunday victims can feel very proud of themselves, knowing that their unwavering campaigning brought the British Government to a point were they have had to apologise and shine the light of truth on the events of that day, exonerating the victims and proclaiming their innocence.

January 30, 1972 is a date forever and brutally etched into the minds of the people of Derry and, indeed, across Ireland.

Bloody Sunday would come to represent all that is wrong with the British occupation in Ireland, a willingness to suppress those who dared rise up in the name of democracy, a brutal desire to shoot the people down in full view of the watching world, and to blatantly and shamelessly lie and cover up the state murder of innocent civilians.

Bloody Sunday was another reminder of Britain's bloodied and illegitimate occupation of Ireland, and a throwback to another Bloody Sunday, when the Black and Tans butchered innocent civilians, indiscriminately firing into the stands of Dublin's Croke Park.

The families have done their loved-ones proud. They have campaigned tirelessly for truth and justice; they have kept their memory alive; they have given hope to thousands upon thousands of victims of oppression and brutality across the world.

MICHELLE GILDERNEW MP

Fermanagh and South Tyrone

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