Posted on March 7, 2019
Karen Bradley said that killings at the hands of the security forces were “not crimes”.
She later clarified that “where there is evidence of wrongdoing, it should always be investigated”.
John Kelly, whose teenage brother Michael was killed on Bloody Sunday, described her remarks as “outrageous”.
“Her place now is untenable – she should go,” he told the BBC.
Thirteen people were killed on Bloody Sunday in January 1972 after troops opened fire, and another died of his injuries some months later.
John Teggart, whose father was killed in the 1971 Ballymurphy shootings, also said the secretary of state should resign.
“What Karen Bradley said is that the soldiers who murdered my father – 14 bullets went through his body, ripped chunks out of his body – that soldier acted in a dignified and appropriate way.
“For Mrs Bradley to come out with insulting, despicable insults to families, it’s an absolute disgrace.”