Friday July 21 1972 differed from the usual disruption because of the sheer volume of scares that were unleashed. As people were evacuated from their work places unto the streets, they were told to go in a certain direction, to find that those evacuated from another property were told to go in a different direction.
The intended result was that people were being led towards bombs instead of away. It was sheer terror. I recall driving home that night with my mother and seeing the smoke still rising from Oxford Street Bus station where six people died. Around 130 people were injured, many of them seriously, most of them women and children.
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It is right and proper that this bloodshed is commemorated and the victims given the respect they deserve and to describe attempts to have such a commemoration as ‘a sham fight’ by Alliance Councillor Michael Long is deeply insulting (‘Alliance councillor’s apology over Bloody Friday tweet’, Feb 18, see link below).
It is widely believed that this attack was directed by a leading Sinn Fein figure, who always claims never to have been in the IRA.
Whoever it was, he’ll have to meet his maker some day and account for his actions.
Reg Empey, House of Lords, Westminster
Other opinion articles here:
• Henry McDonald: Fans on both sides of divide agree that football stadiums are a disgrace
• Ruth Dudley Edwards: Doug Beattie’s engagement policy gets a boost from Alliance
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