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DEFIANT campaigners will stage a provocative march in Derry tomorrow in protest at the decision to bring murder charges against a British soldier over the Bloody Sunday killings.
The Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans group has called for soldiers to join the rally to show “we will not tolerate one of our own being prosecuted” after the Public Prosecution Service ruled there was enough evidence to charge Soldier F for the murders of James Wray and William McKinney.
Organiser Alan Barry said: “One paratrooper prosecuted is one paratrooper too many. It should have been none,” he said.
British soldiers shot and killed 13 unarmed civilians on Bloody Sunday in January 1972.
Another victim died four months later bringing the death toll to 14.
Despite a state cover-up and the victims and their families being smeared as terrorists the 2010 Saville Inquiry found they were innocent and posed no threat to the soldiers who “lost control.”
Soldier F was offered immunity from charges however lied throughout the inquiry.
Republican group Saoradh warned that they would mobilise to block the “grotesque gathering” in the city.
“We refuse to allow such a display of support for imperialism, occupation, colonialism and slaughter to go unchallenged,” a statement said.
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