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The events that occurred in Derry on the 30th of January 1972 became known as

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The events that occurred in Derry on the 30th of January 1972 became known as "bloody Sunday". Why have these events produced such different historical interpretations? Refer to sources A-C and any of the other interpretations of the events from your studies to help you in your answer. 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 would provoke violence. The march was lead by catholic supporters who were demonstrating against the protestant-biased law of internment for Catholics. ...read more.

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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. ...read more.

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meant they were expected to act with extreme force, when after the 14 people were killed only who were catholic it leaves other Catholics with stronger interpretations against the troops and also when there's an enquiry that totally agrees that all who were killed were innocent including scientific evidence then there's no doubt that there is going to be reinforced, altered or a completely u turned view on what happened on bloody Sunday This source is not completely reliable so it could not have been taken as total 100% proof of the Para troopers planning to kill people, reasons being the witness heard the comment in the pub, he and the soldiers could have been drinking alcohol, he could of misheard what they said and he himself could be a nationalist and put his own interpretation on what they said. This event has produced so many different interpretations, these have been influenced by a number of external factors, such as biased accounts, media manipulation and political and religious direction so know one will never know what truly happened on that brutal day when 14 people were killed. ...read more.

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