Northern Ireland troubles/ The lead up to Bloody Sunday


Bloody Sunday?

Are the events on Bloody Sunday Glossed over? 

Much of the views reguarding that day are pushed froward by political activists. 

Bloody Sunday was in 1972, so why did David Cameron appologised for the event 40 years later.

"Some members of our armed forces acted wrongly, andthe government takes responsibilty for the armed forces."

Afterall the event was only examined 20 years after. 

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Catholics Versus Protestants

Ireland was dominated by the Catholic Versus Protestant fued.

Northern Ireland was established in 1921 

The civil rights movement in the 60s protested many inequalities 

Catholics suffered greatly at the hand of Protestants, eventually Protestant only estates, schools and money ideas became apparent.

This lead to a split in the IRA

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Religious Provocation

The Civil rights movement claimed to be non-sectarian however there was a clear majority of a Catholic presence so it had the appearance of a sectarian movement. 

January 1969- Organised march was attacked by protestants at the Battle of Burnthall at bridge

The attack consisted of a lot of off-duty, protestant police officers. 

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Religious Provocation payback

Battle of Bogside

Catholics attacked by Protestant mobs and Catholic mobs attacked Protestant areas. Thus creating a violent circle

But attacks on Catholics were at least tolerated by Police. 

Catholics argue against the unjust situation. No longer feel safe.

So they turned to the IRA - which had been MOSTLY non-violent for the previous 30 years. IRA mainly agianst England

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The police in Ireland began to lose control over the vbiolence and in 1969 turning to the British army for help. 

At first the army was welcomed on both sides as a neutral force. However it began to respond violently and in 1971 the Policy of internment was issued. 

The policy meant people were imprisoned without trial. However instead of targetting the IRA, many peacful protesters were arrested. 

The march on Derry in 1972 was against this policy.

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