The Bloody Sunday Incident of 1972
A peaceful protest against the British policy of internment of suspected Irish nationalists in Londonderry, Ireland, turns deadly when a Parachute Regiment of British soldiers opened fire on a group of 26 unarmed civilians on January 30, 1972. The horrific event is sometimes called the Bogside Massacre, but it’s most commonly referred to as “Bloody Sunday.” A total of 14 casualties and an additional 17 were severely wounded following the shootings. This brought worldwide attention to the crisis that had plagued Northern Ireland and soon protests took place all across Ireland.
The British Government launched two investigations into the events that transpired that day in Londonderry which was intended to clear the British authorities and soldiers of any wrongdoing. They claimed that the soldiers had been firing at Irishmen that carried bomb-throwers and guns when in actuality none of this was true. However a new inquiry was launched in 1998, nearly 26 later, called the Saville Inquiry, which was chaired by Lord Saville of Newdigate. It took 12 years to complete, but in 2010 Saville’s report was made public which concluded that the shootings were both “unjustified and unjustifiable.”