Ballymurphy Massacre Families at Westminster TODAY to Lobby MPs
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Ballymurphy victims’ families to lobby politicians
BBC News 16/11/10
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The families of 11 people killed by the British Army in Ballymurphy in west Belfast in 1971 are to lobby politicians at Westminster. The shootings took place during the Army’s Operation Demetrius, during which people suspected of paramilitary activity were interned. The 11 victims were killed in August 1971 by members of the Parachute Regiment in the 36 hours after the internment of IRA suspects.
Sinn Fein MP Pat Doherty will accompany the families when they travel to London on Wednesday. He said the delegation “would highlight the innocence of the victims”.
They included a Catholic priest and a mother of eight children. Their families have been carrying on a campaign for an independent investigation into events surrounding the killings. Last month they asked Attorney General John Larken to order new inquests into the deaths.
Down and Connor Bishop Noel Treanor said in July that he was supporting calls for an independent international inquiry into the deaths and a government apology. Dr Treanor made his comments after announcing the release of previously unpublished Church archives. The documents included a report based on eyewitness accounts of the events taken about two weeks after the killings. According to the Church, the accounts included that of a “serving member of the British army, a member of the Royal Navy who returned to his ship shortly after the shootings, and an ex-Irish Guardsman”.
Ballymurphy Relatives at this year’s Trade Union Councils Conference
The conference voted unanimously to support them in a resolution initiated by Coventry Trades Union Council
What Else Can We Do to Support the Ballymurphy Families?
Distribute information as widely as possible – in Trade Unions, Political Parties, Community Groups, friends & colleagues. Detailed leaflets about the massacre are available from the address below. Also on the website
Write to David Cameron, Owen Paterson and your own MP to demand a full Independent, International, Investigation into the Ballymurphy killings – and encourage others to do so.
David Cameron, 10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA email:[email protected] or on Form at https://email.number10.gov.uk/Contact.aspx
Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Office 11 Millbank, London SW1P 4PN Email: [email protected] or fill in form at
Your own MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA