Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Bloody Sunday - March for Justice 2015

On Sunday, anarchists from across Ireland participated in the annual ‘March for Justice’ in a show of solidarity with the victims of Bloody Sunday, their relatives and friends, all the people in the North who have faced state repression over the past decades, and the continued repression felt today.

Feelings are still raw over 40 years after the state orchestrated massacre of Bloody Sunday, when on January 30th 1972 British soldiers fired on 26 unarmed civilians marching against internment, killing 13 (and one later due to their injuries) and wounding many. After all this time the search for justice and closure is still on-going. The forces of state repression have still to be held account for their actions and other atrocities across the north in collusion with loyalist paramilitaries (http://bit.ly/1D71k8g).

Today the state forces continue to use their might against political activists. From the use of the Diplock courts under draconian ‘anti-terror’ legislation, to continual police harassment of activists and barbaric conditions for prisoners, the state apparatus has not fundamentally changed in any way since the massacre in Derry.

The march itself was a solemn but good natured tramp through the winding roads of Derry city, with marching bands drumming and piping throughout. On the minds of everyone was the state atrocity which had taken place on the Derry's streets - still fresh for those who experienced that day. 

Speakers included Clare Daly TD, who highlighted the water charge resistance in the south and the on-going state repression in the North, and Reverend Osagyefo Sekou (http://on.fb.me/1D71Ink) from Ferguson Missouri who drew on the centuries long oppression of black people in the US to emphasise the need for solidarity and resistance.

It is the job of all anarchists to stand against state violence in whatever form it takes and to campaign for a more just society in the here and now. An injury to one is an injury to all!
For an anarchist perspective on the North see our position paper:

For anarchist writings on Irish republicanism:

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