Veterans in Biker Protest Stand with Soldier F

Posted on April 15, 2019

Bikers Protest In London Over Bloody Sunday Prosecution

Organisers of the Rolling Thunder event said their action is directed against the British Government rather than the victims’ families.

Bikers have been holding a protest in London in response to the prosecution of a British soldier over Bloody Sunday.

Thousands of motorcyclists took part in the protest on Friday.

A similar demonstration took place in Belfast with around 80 riders arriving at Stormont on Friday afternoon.

‘Soldier F’ is to face prosecution over the murders of two people and attempted murder of four others in Londonderry in 1972, when troops opened fire on civil rights demonstrators.

Veterans have reacted angrily to the decision to take legal action decades on, after a lengthy campaign by relatives of some of the 13 people who died.

They were shot dead on January 30, 1972, on one of the most notorious days of the Northern Ireland Troubles.

The organisers of the Rolling Thunder said their action is directed against the British Government rather than the victims’ families.

Soldier F is to face charges for the murders of James Wray and William McKinney and the attempted murders of Joseph Friel, Michael Quinn, Joe Mahon and Patrick O’Donnell.

A public inquiry into Bloody Sunday conducted by a senior judge shortly after the deaths was branded a whitewash by victims’ families and a campaign was launched for a new public inquiry.

A fresh probe was eventually ordered by then-Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1998.

A decade-long investigation by Lord Saville concluded that the troops killed protesters who posed no threat.

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