British PM Apologizes for ‘Bloody Sunday’ Killings
Posted on Jun 15, 2010
On Tuesday, British Prime Minister David Cameron faced the daunting task of answering for one of the U.K.’s most volatile historical episodes: the so-called Bloody Sunday shootings in Northern Ireland in 1972. Cameron formally apologized for the loss of 14 lives during and after the incident and unequivocally stated that the British army was to blame for setting off the violence. —KA
Thirteen marchers were shot dead on 30 January 1972 in Londonderry when British paratroopers opened fire on crowds at a civil rights demonstration.
Fourteen others were wounded, one later died. The Saville Report is heavily critical of the Army and found that soldiers fired the first shot.
Prime Minister David Cameron said he was “deeply sorry”.
He said that the findings of the Saville Report were “shocking”.
Owning up: In a speech Tuesday, British Prime Minister David Cameron faces the past.