Two thousand turnout for Bloody Sunday 40th anniversary march

Around two thousand people took part in a march in Derry yesterday to mark the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday when 14 civil rights demonstrators were shot dead by British Army paratroopers.

The decision to march had been opposed by the majority of the families of the dead and wounded but despite this and the inclement weather a sizable crowd gathered at the Creggan shops to follow the original route of the 1972 march.

The march was led by Linda Roddy whose brother William Nash was shot dead and her father Alex wounded in January 30 1972.

Behind her carrying a banner were several other relatives including Liam Wray whose brother Jim was shot dead and also the first man to be shot and wounded on the day itself Damian Donaghey.

The crowd followed the route and gathered at Free Derry corner where a meeting was held.

As the march made its way towards Free Derry Corner a wreath was laid at the Bloody Sunday monument.

At the meeting Kate Nash a sister of William Nash said that they would continue to march until justice was achieved.

She said that they wanted to send a message to David Cameron that by refusing to put the soldiers on trial he was denying justice and she added 'justice denied is unjustified and unjustifiable.'

Liam Wray also spoke said that on Bloody Sunday itself hos brother had been treated as a second class citizen and this was still the case.

The list of the dead and wounded was then read out and the meeting concluded with the civil rights anthem 'We shall Overcome.