The Causes Of Sunday : The Events Of Bloody Sunday

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The events of Bloody Sunday
On January 30, 1972 in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland an incident occurred, “The Bloody Sunday.” The major massacre dealt with The British Army and public responses, critics of Widgerys findings, and the exoneration of the British Army documented in the Widgery tribunal report.
One Sunday morning a civil rights march took place in Londonderry, January 30, 1972. There were around 10,000 people who gathered for this march. In the nationalist Bogside area of the city, the route for the march took place where organizers were sealed off by the British Army which led demonstrators towards “Free Derry Corner”. Stones were thrown at soldiers and though there was an army barricade, people continued on this march. The soldiers responding with water cannons, rubber bullets and a gas known as CS which causes a “burning sensation and tearing of the eyes to the extent that the subject cannot keep their eyes open, and a burning irritation of the nose, mouth and throat mucous membranes causing profuse coughing,” (the stationery office, 2010) When this uprising began to take place, the 1st Parachute Regiment soldiers moved in and captivated as many rioters as possible. Within minutes, open gun fire went into the crowd, killing 13 men and injuring 13 others.
The dead were all male, aged between seventeen and forty-one. Another man, aged fifty-nine, died some months later from injuries sustained on that day. The wounded included a fifteen-year-old boy

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