The Bloody Sunday Essay

1094 words - 5 pages

The Bloody Sunday

January 1972 has produced such different historical interpretations of
what happened on bloody Sunday for a number of different reasons. The
two big divides in what happened on that day are down to politics,
religion and culture and the social society at that time in Ireland.

As we know Ireland was facing many troubles politically and
religiously, there seemed to be many marches and protests against the
discriminate laws that persecuted the catholic people in Ireland. On
the 30th of January 1972 a nationalist demonstration took place
illegally in the centre of Derry, the police and government banned the
march as they thought it ...view middle of the document...

Catholics that witnessed what
happened on that day say along the lines that the 14 people killed
were innocent and were not handling weapons whereas the British army
(protestant) witnesses say that they didn't fire indiscriminately and
did not fire until they were fired upon.

Source (a) is an article on the Saville enquiry; it shows what both
the nationalists and parachute regiment thought of the enquiry. As the
Saville enquiry showed more evidence fore the catholic
interpretations, the enquiry was said to be "greeted with triumph" by
the nationalists politicians and families, this enquiry showed more
evidence and probably changed or reinforced their interpretations
probably a lot more people changed their views after this enquiry was
brought out as it had strong evidence that the people that were killed
were innocent. This source shows how the Saville enquiry angered the
British Para troopers, a former Para trooper was said to have
"attacked the evidence as rubbish" and also their supporters accused
Tony Blair of setting up the enquiry to appease Sinn Fein, the daily
mail who is responsible for this article is known as a conservative
paper and opposes Sinn Fein and so they feel the Para troopers are not
being given a fair trial, this could of reinforced the Para troopers
views as they couldn't afford to change their interpretation as they
would be accused of lying to the courts and could end up in prison for
a long period of time.

Source (b) is from the guardian newspaper, which is a more liberal
paper than the daily mail so it is going to back the nationalist view
of what happened on bloody Sunday. The article is backing up the
Saville enquiry it shows again how the fresh evidence has demolished
the key finding in the 1972 widgery enquiry, it also states the fact
that one of the men shot was shot in the back of the head by a dum dum
bullet, these bullets are illegal under the Geneva convention, and it
gives the forensic scientist that took the original tests in the
widgery report, dismissing that any of the victims of bloody...

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