Bloody Sunday

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“Bloody Sunday”
On a regular day in Ireland on January 30th, 1972 in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland everything was turned upside down during a Northern Ireland Civil Rights movement. Through this it changed the way people looked at their rights as a human being. When something like this happens it makes people push to a new level for their rights and to just have their rights but most of all why they should have their rights.

For many years the people of Ireland have been reaching for their freedom from the British, there has been a lot of blood, tears, and pain over the years. But on January 30th, 1972 also known as Bloody Sunday the people of Northern Ireland gained a new understanding of the rights they had. On this day there was a Northern Ireland Civil Rights march to protest their basic rights such as their right to vote, religion, etc., because this is something that they have been restrained from for years. This was an unarmed protest that turned into something along the lines of a massacre when the British Army showed up. There is still not a clear number of the amount of marchers that day it could be anywhere from three thousand (3,000) to thirty thousand (30,000) but that’s beside the point. The marchers planned on marching to the “Guildhall” but due to barricades, it forced them to the Free Derry corner, which they did, but some teenagers of the march broke off and went through the barricade followed by throwing rocks at the British forces. They were retaliated against with rubber bullets and tear gas; the rioting here was not anything serious as stated by observers. Then for no apparent reason Brigade gave the British Parachute Regiment permission to go into the Bogside and fire live rounds that killed 13 people and eventually a 14th while injuring 13 more.

When most people think about a unarmed protest they think about a group of people that feel that a force is not needed to get their point across. That’s...
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