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Bloody Brits to pay victims ova 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre

By SHAWN POGATCHNIK - Associated Press

DUBLIN (AP) — Britain said Thursday it will offer compensation payments to the families of people killed and wounded on Bloody Sunday, a nearly 40-year-old massacre by British paratroopers in Northern Ireland that fueled Irish Catholic support for the IRA.

Thirteen people were killed and 14 wounded on Jan. 30, 1972, in Londonderry when the soldiers opened fire on a Catholic crowd demonstrating against Britain's detention without trial of Irish Republican Army suspects. Britain compounded local fury by hastily ruling that the soldiers, none of whom were wounded, were responding to IRA attacks and targeting gunmen.

Last year, Prime Minister David Cameron apologized after a 12-year investigation found that the soldiers were not under attack and fired without justification on unarmed civilians, many of whom were fleeing or aiding wounded.

Britain's Defense Ministry confirmed Thursday it has written to lawyers representing the Londonderry victims' families seeking terms for financial payments. It offered no details of potential payouts.

"We acknowledge the pain felt by these families for nearly 40 years, and that members of the armed forces acted wrongly. For that, the government is deeply sorry," the ministry said in a statement.

Peter Madden, a Belfast lawyer who represents many of the victims' families, said negotiations would open soon with the British government to put a price both on the lives lost and maimed and on the damage caused to victims' reputations by the British Army's "shameful allegations" that they were armed IRA members.

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Compensation does not compensate a life in my opinion.


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I hope the northern irish catholics are raking up some compo for all the relatives of people they blew up, shot, and self righteously executed during the long troubles,can't have it both ways I'm afraid!

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Compensation does not compensate a life in my opinion.
nothing can compensate for lost lives.

you either go the way of endless blood feuds or decide to move on ...

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I hope the northern irish catholics are raking up some compo for all the relatives of people they blew up, shot, and self righteously executed during the long troubles,can't have it both ways I'm afraid!
Are you talking about all Northern Irish Catholics because they haven't all killed people! The victims of Bloody Sunday on the other hand were killed by British soldiers. I'm not saying that compensation should be or needs to be paid (especially as it's 40 years too late) but there's a difference between the actions of terrorists and the actions of the military. It also might be worth noting that Northern Irish Protestants/Unionists "blew up, shot, and self righteously executed during the long troubles" as well as Northern Irish Catholics (Nationalists) It's easy to say that these innocent people "can't have it both ways" because some people of a similar background to them committed atrocities but back in the day they didn't have it any way. Not only did they have less opportunities than their Protestant/Unionist peers but they had to fear Protestant/Unionist paramilitary groups as well as the British military who should have been protecting them, not killing them and really they had to fear the IRA as well as terrorist bombings kill so indiscriminately. Of course the same goes for Northern Irish Protestants/Unionists having to fear the IRA as well as the terrorist actions of the UDA/UVF.

I read that a pair of sisters released a statement saying they found the notion of accepting compensation as repulsive and suggested that a bursary be set up though preferably not in their brother's name.

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