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Why is itdifficult to give an accurate picture of what happened on Bloody Sunday?

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Why is it difficult to give an accurate picture of what happened on Bloody Sunday? The true events on bloody Sunday are concealed beneath contradictions, false statements and biased opinions, the result being that neither side are able to agree on the order of events. The points they do agree on are: That the events took place on Sunday 30th January, 1972. It was a march made up of catholic protesters, to protest against internment, imprisonment where prisoners can be hooded during interrogation, continuous noise and sleep depravation, carried out by the British Army. The army was stationed in Chamberlain Street and Little James Street to block off the march. 26 barriers were put up in total to contain it within the Bogside. A bullet, from which side is disputed, hit a drainpipe. 13 people were killed and 14 were wounded.The army commander is quoted as saying 'An arrest force is to be held centrally behind the checkpoints and launched in a scoop up operation to arrest as many hooligans as possible'. ...read more.

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The catholic view that the victims were innocent is arguable, even with the forensics. The claims made by the Catholics that have been backed up with forensic evidence can be disputed without making the evidence itself wrong in any way. For example, the evidence says that Gerald Donaghey's hands were in the air when he was shot doesn't necessarily mean he was holding his hands in the air as an act of surrender. He could have been brandishing a firearm or throwing a bomb when he was shot. Also if you were a soldier who had been under months and possibly years of fire and you saw someone throw their arms in the air your reflex action would be to shoot them. Another piece of evidence suggests the army planted a bomb on William Nash because he had lead deposits on his right hand, although he was left-handed. This too could be disputed, as he may have been holding the bomb in his right hand and a firearm or other bomb in his left hand, or simply held the lead bomb in his other hand without thinking about it. ...read more.

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Stones were thrown (as shown in video footage) and the soldiers were taunted. The troops went after the rioters who ran away after seeing the support company approach. After the first shot, most likely fired by the IRA from a block of flats (giving way to the possibility of more snipers and gunmen). From the army's perspective, they were told to expect trouble from an illegal march, when they were shot at and petrol bombed by gun wielding Catholics. From the civilians view, they were on a peaceful march that turned into a massacre of innocent civilians, not gun wielding fiends taking pot shots at the army. It is very difficult to give an accurate picture of what really happened on Bloody Sunday, shown in the Saville Inquiry, costing �130 million, which has spent years collating statements, physical evidence and expert opinion to create an accurate picture of the events. Most of the evidence is speculation, and largely opinionated so this creates another obstacle blocking the truth. It is hard to know if a witness is reliable, even more so in a situation where the two sides are so bitterly divided. ...read more.

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