The Effects of Bloody Sunday
Bloody Sunday marked the day of a out lash of great hatred which burns
strong even today.
Bloody Sunday started when the Catholics started a march for civil
rights; better housing and comparative costs for the housing as
Protestants had better housing for the same rent as the Catholics did
even when they had the worst housing. The march also focused on
Interment, and the infringement on their rights because of that;
Interment meant that the police could arrest anybody slightly
suspected of being part of the IRA and committing terrorist acts or is
likely too in the near future.
Mainly Catholics were arrested by these means, though 2 Protestants
were also arrested under interment.
The march was declared illegal, but was carried out regardless of this
fact on January 30th 1972. The English government allowed the march to
carry on, however they put up 27 barricades to stop them marching into
central Derry and into more protestant areas. Ironically the majority
catholic area 'Bogside' was the place where they marched.
The government used soldiers from the 1st parachute regiment, a
questionable group to use as they are trained to kill in battlefield
situations, not generally used in "Riot control", there mission was to
go in and "scoop up" anybody causing trouble in the march, basically
trying to cause a riot.
The soldiers held back firing as resistance unfolded at the
barricades, though tear gas, water hoses and rubber bullets where
fired at the people inciting a fight at the barricades, though these
were a select few, the majority of the marchers carried on through
until they arrived at where the speeches were to be given.
The soldiers had been put under great pressure before hand as well,
meeting severe verbal abuse, as well as having items thrown at them,
etc. Getting away with this because the soldiers where under orders to
keep there cool as they went about there patrols.
As the day unfolded things heated up, and according to the
paratroopers apparently the IRA started firing live rounds towards the
British soldiers, they reacted and dealt with the situation by from
what they say was discriminate firing towards hostile targets. Some
apparently with guns, others with nail bombs.
13 Catholic marchers were shot down that day, One other died due to
wounds soon after. Only one had a proven link to the IRA.
This has been the result of ages of blood shed constantly rekindled by
events such as Bloody Sunday, hatred which was started by Plantation
some 400 years ago, where the British government moved protestants
into Ireland to quell the possible rebellion which could be held from
Ireland, being in a strategic position as a base and even before
plantation there was misgivings between Catholics and protestants due