- INTRO: In Northern Ireland, Catholics marched on Sunday to mark the 25th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" slaying of demonstrators by British troops that propelled Northern Ireland into unresolved conflict.
LONDONDERRY AND BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM
(FEBRUARY 2, 1977/ FILE - FEBRUARY 2, 1972)
(RTV/SKY - PART NO ACCESS UK/CNN/EURONEWS, AND PART MUST CREDIT
"SKY SUNDAY WITH ADAM BOULTON"
LONDONDERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND, UNITED KINGDOM
(FEBRUARY 2, 1997) (RTV - ACCESS ALL)
1. SLV PEOPLE MARCHING DOWN ROAD, THOSE AT FRONT CARRYING
14 CROSSES COMMEMORATING VICTIMS OF 1972 SHOOTINGS 0.14
2. SV MARCH CONTINUES; SINN FEIN PRESIDENT GERRY
ADAMS AND CHIEF STRATEGIST MARTIN McGUINNESS
AMONG THEM 0.24
3. GV LARGE PHOTOGRAPHS OF VICTIMS ON HILLSIDE ZOOM OUT
AS POLICE LANDROVERS FOLLOWING MARCH PULL UP 0.37
4. LV PIPE AND DRUM BAND PLAYING AT HEAD OF MARCH (2 SHOTS) 0.56
5. LV MARCH CONTINUES DOWN HILL TOWARDS TOWN WALLS;
BANNER SAYS "BLOODY SUNDAY - MARCH FOR JUSTICE" 1.01
6. HAS LARGE CROWD ASSEMBLED FOR RALLY IN TOWN PAN
LEFT TO LARGE PICTURES OF VICTIMS OF THE 1972
7. LV McGUINNESS ADDRESSING CROWD; HUGE BANNERS
WITH FACES OF VICTIMS IN CROWD; McGUINNESS SAYS
AWAKENING TOOK PLACE 25 YEARS AGO (ENGLISH) 1.24
8. HAS AUDIENCE APPLAUD RALLY (2 SHOTS) 1.33
BELFAST (SKY - NO ACCESS UK/CNN/EURONEWS, AND MUST CREDIT
"SKY SUNDAY WITH ADAM BOULTON")
9. SCU GERRY ADAMS BEING INTERVIEWED ON TELEVISION, SAYS
IF BRITISH PRIME MINISTER JOHN MAJOR HAS ANY
COMMITMENT TO DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES HE WILL
ESTABLISH AN INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO THE DEATHS;
NOONE HAS EVER BEEN "BROUGHT TO BOOK" (CALLED TO
ACCOUNT); THE COMMANDER OF THE BRITISH ARMY REGIMENT
THAT CARRIED OUT THE KILLINGS WAS DECORATED; ENTIRE
BRITISH ESTABLISHMENT WAS INVOLVED IN A COVER-UP,
WIDGERY (REPORT ON BLOODY SUNDAY COMMISSIONED BY
BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND CARRIED OUT BY THE THEN CHIEF
JUSTICE LORD WIDGERY) WAS A LIE, AND BLOODY SUNDAY
REMAINS PARTLY TODAY BECAUSE IT IS AN OPEN WOUND;
BLOODY SUNDAY IS A SUNDAY WHICH HAS NEVER
ENDED (ENGLISH) 2.07
LONDONDERRY (FILE - FEBRUARY 2, 1972)
10. SLV ARMED BRITISH TROOPS DEPLOYING ON STREETS/
SHOOTING (4 SHOTS) 2.36
11. SLV BODY CARRIED ALONG STREET, PRIEST WAVING
BLOOD-STAINED WHITE CLOTH 2.51
12. SLV BODY IN STREET; PEOPLE RUNNING AWAY 3.00
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Background: - INTRO: In Northern Ireland, Catholics marched on Sunday to mark the 25th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" slaying of demonstrators by British troops that propelled Northern Ireland into unresolved conflict.
Thousands of marchers, following the same fateful route from the Catholic area of Londonderry to the city's walls, laid wreaths and added their voices to calls for a new probe into one of the darkest days of Northern Ireland history.
Carrying 14 white crosses, one for each of the dead men, the families of the victims of Bloody Sunday led a march through the streets. Thousands of people followed as the march wound its way from Creggan Heights through the streets of the Creggan estate towards the Bogside.
They marched to the tunes of Celtic pipe bands and carried nationalist banners.
Among the marchers was Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams, head of the IRA guerrillas' political wing, Sinn Fein. Adams told Sky Television on Sunday morning that "Bloody Sunday is an open wound, a Sunday which never ended" and urged a reluctant British government to examine new theories about the killings. He said the entire British establishment had taken part in a cover-up.
An official 1972 investigation by Britain's then Chief Justice Lord Widgery exonerated British paratroopers, who believed they were under fire from IRA guerrillas attached to an 80,000-strong Catholic civil rights demonstration.
Marching with Adams was Martin McGuinness, Sinn Fein's chief strategist. McGuinness was among dozens who visited a simple stone plinth on the site of the killings early on Sunday.
McGuinness also addressed a huge rally in the town, telling the crowd that February 2, 1972 was a day of awakening for the Irish people.
British Prime Minister John Major last week called Bloody Sunday a terrible tragedy but stopped far short of ordering a new investigation into the killings.
The deaths stunned the largely pro-Irish 40 percent Catholic minority and sent outraged youths hurrying to join the IRA's continuing guerrilla campaign to end British rule and join Northern Ireland with the Irish republic.
The 25th anniversary is being marked against a background of a new IRA guerrilla campaign, multi-party peace talks mired in divisive wrangling and fresh calls by the Irish government for Britain to listen to new evidence about the killings.
Adams wants an IRA truce to win automatic entry to the talks for Sinn Fein but Major says the ceasefire must be verifiably permanent and mark a complete end to the guerrilla campaign at the heart of a conflict which has left 3,200 people dead.