NI rally cancelled - but 4000 bikers to descend on London in support of ‘Soldier F’ from Bloody Sunday

Motorcyclists participating in the 17th annual Memorial Day Rolling Thunder Rally make their way across the Memorial Bridge on May 30, 2004 into Washington, DC.  The London event today was named after the US rally. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
Motorcyclists participating in the 17th annual Memorial Day Rolling Thunder Rally make their way across the Memorial Bridge on May 30, 2004 into Washington, DC. The London event today was named after the US rally. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Over 4,000 armed forces veterans are expect to descend on London today, Friday, in a mass bike rally to highlight the case of a veteran in his late seventies who is to be prosecuted for fatal shootings on Bloody Sunday.

A sister rally in Belfast had been planned however the Parades Commission said that the notification had been withdrawn.

“The original notification was for a motorcycle parade by ‘Rolling Thunder Ride, N Ireland’,” he said.

Thousands of veterans will join the ‘Rolling Thunder ride for Soldier F’ rally as it makes its way into London today for a “noisy” but “peaceful” rally.

Organiser Harry Wragg told the News Letter the protest rally “is not aimed at any victims or the Bloody Sunday families”.

But he added: “Our government is no more than turncoats and willing to stab its veterans in the back.”

Feelings are running “so high” he said because a man is his late seventies is now facing charges relating to events 46 years later.

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