Belfast Telegraph

Flying Parachute Regiment flags 'a hate crime', says Bloody Sunday relative

St Mary's Church, on the Creggan Estate, during the Requiem Mass for the 13 who died on 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry.
St Mary's Church, on the Creggan Estate, during the Requiem Mass for the 13 who died on 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry.
30th January 1972: An armed soldier and a protestor on Bloody Sunday when British Paratroopers shot dead 13 civilians on a civil rights march.
A young Fr Edward Daly carries a blood-soaked hankie as he leads a group of men trying desperately to carry John 'Jackie' Duddy to safety. Duddy (17) was the first fatality of Bloody Sunday after being shot from behind by paratroopers
A young Fr Edward Daly (now Bishop Daly) carries a blood-soaked hankie as he leads a group of men trying desperately to carry John 'Jackie' Duddy to safety. Duddy (17) was the first fatality of Bloody Sunday after being shot from behind by paratroopers
Bloody Sunday
A scene showing a British paratrooper near Glenfada Park in Derry where Bloody Sunday took place.
Hugh Gilmore (third left) seen clutching his stomach as he is shot during Bloody Sunday.
Paddy Doherty, who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
William McKinney, killed on Bloody Sunday.
Scenes from 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Lt Col Derek Wilford, the former commander of the members of the Parachute Regiment involved in the Bloody Sunday shootings
A protest parade in was staged in Londonderry in January to mark the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday
Hugh Gilmore who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Michael McDaid who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
:Bloody Sunday.
Soldiers taking cover behind their sandbagged armoured cars during Bloody Sunday
Lord Chief Justice, Lord Widgery in his room at the Old Bailey as he looks through his report on the "Bloody Sunday" shootings
Jim Wray who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
John Young who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
William McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Kevin McElhinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Gerard McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Gerald Donaghey who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Alana Burke who was eighteen when she was run over by an armoured personnel carrier on Bloody Sunday.
Bloody Sunday. January 1972
Patrick Doherty who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Bloody Sunday. Funeral. Mrs Ita McKinney, 9 months pregnant cries behind the hearse carrying her husband James from St Mary's, Creggan. 2/2/1972.
Michael Kelly who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
A man receiving attention during the shooting incident in Londonderry, which became known as Bloody Sunday
Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972
Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972
Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972
JAMES WRAY IN HIS HOME IN THE BOGSIDE DERRY HOLDING THE COAT WITH BULLIET HOLES IN THAT HIS SON ALSO CALLED JAMES WRAY WAS KILLED ON BLOODY SUNDAY
The start of a grim day in Derry. Civil Rights marchers make their way through Creggan. They defied a Government ban and headed for Guildhall Square, but were stopped by the Army in William Street. 31/1/1972
Bloody Sunday 1972
Linda Nash carries flowers with the number 14 inscribed during yesterdays annual Bloody Sunday Parade in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12
A memorial to those killed on Bloody Sunday in the Bogside area of Derry
The memorial to the 14 people who died on Bloody Sunday in Derry rises from among the sea of umbrellas as all the families came together in an ecumenical service. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights mark.The service included contributions from Father Michael Canny and Reverend David Latimer, left. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12
Donna Deeney

By Donna Deeney

Parachute Regiment flags erected in Co Londonderry ahead of the anniversary of Bloody Sunday have been branded provocative, disrespectful and hurtful to families of the victims.

They appear every year in the village of Newbuildings in the run-up to the anniversary of the killings.

Thirteen people died after members of the Parachute Regiment opened fire on civil rights demonstrators. A 14th person died later.

Kate Nash's brother, William, was among those killed on January 30, 1972. Her father, meanwhile, was among 28 people shot.

Ms Nash said that she considered the flying of the flags a hate crime.

2019-01-17_new_47262460_I1.JPG
Parachute Regiment flags fly from lampposts in Newbuildings

"This has become a regular feature for some people in Newbuildings, Drumahoe and in some parts of the Waterside, but I cannot understand why we are forced to put up with this year in and year out because to me this is a hate crime," she said.

"While I know the vast majority of people in those communities don't support these flags flying, the actions of the small number who do this are hurtful, and it is awful that some people seek to glorify the soldiers who carried out Bloody Sunday in such a public way."

Sinn Fein councillor Christopher Jackson called on unionist politicians to get the flags removed.

"Given the brutal history of the Parachute Regiment in this city, the erection of these flags is provocative and disrespectful and clearly designed to hurt the families who had loved ones murdered and injured on Bloody Sunday," he said.

DUP MLA Gary Middleton said: "This is not the first time such flags have been erected, including in response to other events around bonfires or parades in the city. We must all work to reduce and de-escalate tensions in our community.

PSNI Superintendent Gordon McCalmont said: "We fully understand the difficulties the flying of flags can cause across our community.

"It is our experience that these issues are best resolved through engagement and meaningful dialogue between local people and their representatives.

"The police service are supporters of such arrangements."

The annual Bloody Sunday Commemoration march which this year marks the 45th anniversary of the civil rights march on the 30th of January 1972, makes its way through the Brandywell in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.01.17
The annual Bloody Sunday Commemoration march which this year marks the 45th anniversary of the civil rights march on the 30th of January 1972, makes its way through the Brandywell in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.01.17
Relatives at the service Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry. Photo Lorcan Doherty/Presseye.com
The annual Bloody Sunday Commemoration march which this year marks the 45th anniversary of the civil rights march on the 30th of January 1972, makes its way through the Brandywell in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.01.17
The annual Bloody Sunday Commemoration march which this year marks the 45th anniversary of the civil rights march on the 30th of January 1972, makes its way through the Brandywell in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.01.17
Rev Canon David Jennings at Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry. Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
Rev David Latimer, First Derry Presbyterian Church at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
The Most Rev. Dr. Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
Former British and European lightweight boxing champion, Charlie Nash, brother of William Nash who was killed on Bloody Sunday. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
Martin McGuinness at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
Relatives at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
Relatives laying wreaths at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry. Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
Relatives at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
Martina Anderson, MAP, Mark Durkan, MP, and Martin McGuinness at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry.. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
Relatives laying wreaths at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
Relatives at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
Rev David Latimer, First Derry Presbyterian Church and Martin McGuinness. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
SDLP leader Colum Eastwood, Martina Anderson, MEP, and Martin McGuinness.. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
The Deputy Mayor of Derry, Councillor Jim McKeever and SDLP leader Colum Eastwood. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Belfast Telegraph

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph