A few thousand people took part in the 40th anniversary Bloody Sunday march demanding real truth and justice after the publishing of the Saville report this year which confirmed that the massacre was ’unjustifiable and unjustified.’
This years march clearly divided the families and relatives of the Bloody Sunday Trust with the majority deciding to end the march with some pressure being concerted by Sinn Fein. Despite attempts by the political class to co-opt and de-radicalise the march and brush it under the carpet as part of the new shiny image of Northern Ireland there was a better than expected turnout, the Irish Times estimated 3,000 took part. Derry anarchists and the WSM were present along with a host of political and social organisations including the Independent Workers Union.
The march ended with the traditional rally at Free Derry Corner without any politicians speaking instead relatives of the victims spoke. The speakers referred to the fact that the Saville enquiry only confirmed what they already knew - which was that their family members were innocent and they questioned the lack of prosecutions which is allowing those who gave the orders on the day to get away with murder.
The continuing unjust selective internment of Martin Corey, Marian Price and the ongoing degradation of republican prisoners at Maghaberry was also highlighted, along with the systematic lack of social housing, unemployment and cuts to services which our local politicians are trying to sweep under the carpet.
The rally organisers pledged that the march will continue providing a focal point for those who suffer injustice and oppression anywhere. For anarchists, we can expect little justice from the state and capital which is the greatest practitioner of state terrorism and violence. Its needs to be destroyed root and branch with a new society that benefits all.
Sean Matthews & Sean Dubh
Workers Solidarity Movement