Bloody Sunday 1972

Memorial dedicated to Bloody Sunday in Derry, Northern Ireland.
Bloody Sunday Centre located in Derry, Northern Ireland

On January 30, 1972 a shooting in the Bogside are of Derry in Northern Ireland occurred. In January of 1972, a ban on marches was put into place, and was extended into early February. The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association, also known as NICRA, organized a peaceful protest against internment to occur on January 30, 1972. Even though marches were deemed illegal at this time, NICRA decided to continue with their protest. As the protest moved through the city of Derry, British soldiers shot twenty-eight unarmed civilians, and a total of fourteen people dies. Many protesters were injured due to the violence unleashed by the British. The Royal Ulster Constabulary used water cannons to attack the unarmed marchers.This was the highest number of people killed in a single shooting incident during the Troubles. Afterwards, the violence was blamed on the nationalists, not the British. This event increased Irish nationalist hostility towards the British army. It also increased support and recruitment for the Irish Republican Army. This event also created fear and anxiety within nationalists and Catholics because they feared that they would be blamed for actions that they did not commit.

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