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Bloody Sunday, takes its name from twenty ‘mad’ moments, which happened in Derry around 4.00pm on the afternoon of Sunday the 30th of January 1972.
The Parachute Brigade was ordered into the Bogside and opened fire on unarmed Civil Rights marchers.
During a twenty minute period, thirteen people died and fourteen were wounded. One of the wounded, John Johnston, died later that year. Many others were arrested and beaten up by the Paras.
The army admit to firing 108 live rounds. Many people think this is an underestimate. The horrific injuries of many of the dead, would lead people to believe that illegal dumdum bullets were used.
To add insult to injury, the subsequent inquiry by Lord Widgery, absolved the army of all blame, but found they may have, ‘at times’, bordered on the reckless.’
Thirty years on the wounds remain as raw as ever and the people of Derry still hope that one day the truth will emerge as to what happened on Bloody Sunday.