The Giant’s Causeway.
Gerry Adams, president of Sinn Féin.
Thousands of people gathered to march for the last time in an annual event commemorating Bloody Sunday in Londonderry/Derry. Following the publication of the Saville report, majority of the families of the victims killed in 1972 by the British soldiers, agreed that this march would be the last one.
Some families, however, did not agree with this decision.
The march`s route was from Creggan to Guildhall Square. Originally, the 1972 civil rights march was supposed to end in Guildhall Square, but, according to the Saville report, “British paratroopers lost control”. Fourteen were shot dead.
For years families of the deceased ones were fighting for the truth being acknowledged.
Londonderry/Derry is still haunted with sectarianism. Bomb alerts are quite common.
In March Derry City Council agreed to build another peace wall ( somewhat ironic name for a separation barrier dividing Protestant and Catholic communities) in the interface area, Lisnagelvin.
The gathering that took place at 4.00 pm at Hyde Park Corner was to commemorate a tragic death of a young Catholic police officer, who was killed in a bomb attack carried out by a republican dissidents` group one week ago in Omagh, Northern Ireland. Ronan Kerr had just graduated from a police academy when he became the latest victim of those who do not respect peace process in Belfast.
His death was even more meaningful, as it happened in Omagh, a city where, in 1998, 29 people were killed in a bombing performed by paramilitaries.
The murder of Kerr was widely condemned by both Loyalists and Republicans.
In Omagh, Belfast, Enniskillen and London today hundreds of people marched to show that they did not want to be pulled back to the gloomy past of sectarian killings.