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The events that occurred on 30th January 1972 became known as "Bloody Sunday". Why have these events produced such different historical interpretations?

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The events that occurred on 30th January 1972 became known as "Bloody Sunday". Why have these events produced such different historical interpretations? Refer to sources and other interpretations of the events from your studies to help you with your answer. On January 30th 1972 in Londonderry, British paratroopers opened fire into a Northern Ireland civil rights march holding a protest against a corrupt government. 13 men were injured and another 13 were killed. "Bloody Sunday" set the agenda for over 20 years of violence. The troops claimed that they were fired on and were forced to shoot. The witnesses in the march claimed that those killed had no weapons on them and that the troops started firing for no reason. Leading up to the event there was an ever-growing hostility there had been many civil rights protests from 1968, often they ended in violence. ...read more.

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He explained later how you only have a split second to pull the trigger. One soldier stated that they weren't firing indiscriminately, "why were no women or children killed". Major/ General Robert Ford had a tough, no mercy policy. He used a minimalist method to stop bombers with real ammunition. On the other hand the protestors claimed that the frustrated actions of some marchers resulted in the paratroopers opting for brute, murdering force.. Donaghy admitted throwing stones earlier on but also says "When I was shot I did not have a nail bomb or anything else in my hands." One report told of a man being shot whilst he had his hands in the air. Evidence has shown that when the bodies of those killed were found, all but one (a member of the IRA youth) had no weapons on them. The British Government commissioned a report into what soon became known as 'Bloody Sunday.' ...read more.

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Tony Blair and Lord Saville re-opened the Inquiry into Bloody Sunday. It involved 1,500 witness accounts and many new stories were reported; Daniel Porter claimed some off-duty troops in an English pub told him of their plan, "they said they would be going to Derry to 'clear the bog'" this however this is clearly bravado as the pub would have been loud. It was also discovered that the lead found on victims hands (W. Nash and J. Young) could have been from another person contaminated with lead or from emissions like car exhausts. The key reason why "Bloody Sunday" has and so many different interpretations are because the paratroopers and IRA had too much to loose; this was the obstacle for reconciliation and peace in Ireland. Despite the large number of eye-whiteness accounts it appears that propaganda prevailed over truth. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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