The Truth about Bloody Sunday Revealed

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1972年に北アイルランドのDerry(デリー)起こった「血の日曜日事件」の報告書「Saville Report(サヴィル白書)」が今日発表されたのを受け、デービッド・キャメロン首相は、下院において、英政府として正式に謝罪を行った。U2の1982年のヒット曲、ブラディ・サンデー(Sunday Bloody Sunday)でも歌われたこの事件は、1972年1月12日に、少数派のカトリック教徒が行った北アイルランド公民権運動のデモ行進中に、英軍が市民27人に発砲、14人が死亡したもの(そのうち7人はティーンエイジャーだった)。事件後すぐ行われたWidgery Tribunal(ウィッジェリー裁判)では、政府は発砲の正当性を主張、関与した兵士たちは無罪判決を受けたが、この裁判は事実を隠蔽するものだとの批判を浴びていた。その後、1998年にLord Saville of Newdigate(サヴィル卿)を委員長とする調査委員会が設置され、12年の歳月と1億9200万ポンドをかけて、5,000ページに及ぶ報告書が作成された。報告書は、挑発や何らかの脅威に対して発砲行為が行われたわけではなく、犠牲者のうち何人かは逃げるか負傷者を助けようとしていた、そして発砲は事前の警告なしになされたと断定。被害者の潔白を証明した。またこの件では、多くの兵士が嘘をついていたと非難した。キャメロン首相は、「軍の行為は正当化されず、また正当化も出来ない(unjustified and unjustifiable)」として、38年後の今日、軍の過ちを認めた。

真相を明らかにするのに何故こんなに時間がかかったのか。多額の税金がこの報告書に費やされた事も批判されている(イギリスのメディアは税金の無駄遣いには超敏感)。

イギリスはグレートブリテンおよび北アイルランド連合王国と呼ばれるように、イングランドスコットランドウェールズ北アイルランドと4つの「国」で構成される。民族学的にも、イングランドはアングロ・サクソン、その他3国はケルト系で、独自の言語と強いアイデンティティを持つ。いろいろ複雑な事情があるのだろうが、EU内もボーダーレスになって結束も固まったことだし、いっそそれぞれ「国」として文字通り独立したら、争いも悪口もなくなって、すっきりすると思うんだけれど。

After 38 years of Bloody Sunday happened in 1972 in Derry, Northern Ireland, today the Saville Report was published and the Prime Minister David Cameron officially apologized in the House of Commons for the British army’s actions. As sung in U2’s 1982 hit “Sunday Bloody Sunday, this incident took place on January 30, 1972, and  twenty-six unarmed civil rights protesters or bystanders were shot by the British Army during a Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march; 14 of them, 7 of them were teenagers, lost their lives as a result. Widgery Tribunal held just after the event, but it largely cleared the soldiers and British government and was criticized as a whitewash. In 1998, the Saville Inquiry chaired by Lord Saville of Newdigate established to review the events, and after spending 12 years and £192 million, the 5000-page report was finally made public today on June 15. The report determines that the unarmed protesters who died were innocent: there was no warning before the shooting and none of the casualties was posing a threat or doing anything that would justify the firing; some of those killed or injured were clearly fleeing or going to help those injured or dying; and many of the soldiers lied about their actions. The prime minister called that the actions of the Army were “unjustifiable and unjustified”, and said he was “deeply sorry” on behalf of the Government and the country.

Why it took so long to reveal the truth? It is also criticized that huge sum of public money has been spent for the investigation (British media tend to be very sensitive about public spending).

As the name of the country “The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” suggests, UK consists of four ‘countries’; EnglandNorthern IrelandScotland and Wales. It is considered that England is the Anglo-Saxons, while other three countries are Celtic with their own languages and strong cultural identities. Things may not be so straightforward and is more complicated, but as EU becomes border-less and more united, why don’t these ‘countries’ become literally independent – so that they won’t fight nor talk bad about each other anymore!

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One response to “The Truth about Bloody Sunday Revealed

  1. General Sir Mike Jackson, the erstwhile head of the British army, was the ground commander on that faithful day we remember as Bloody Sunday.
    How did this man get to the top of the army, why is there no information in the press about his involvement. Did his silence, convienent loss of memory or involement in a cover up get him to the top. WE MUST KNOW. The Saville report CANnot be the end. It should be the end of the beginning!!!!!!!!!

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