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British Government slammed as Ballymurphy hearing begins

1 December, 2017 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has praised the Ballymurphy massacre families as the preliminary hearing for the inquest into the 1971 atrocity finally got underway today.The North Belfast MLA also joined with campaigners outside Belfast court to protest against the British Government’s continued blocking of agreed legacy mechanisms and funding for historic inquests.“Today marks an important milestone in the Ballymurphy campaign as the preliminary hearing for the inquest finally gets underway,” Gerry Kelly said.“The Loughinisland families and other campaign groups were also there and the very fact these cases are now being heard is down to the determination and commitment of the families and their supporters. In some case, they have campaigned for over 45 years in the face of countless obstacles and resistance from a British State determined to cover up its role in the conflict here.“To this day the British Government is still opposing attempts to uncover the truth about their role in the conflict. They have yet to put out the consultation on the legacy structures to deal with the past and have rejected the Lord Chief Justice’s repeated calls for resources to fund legacy inquests.“Sinn Féin were there today in support of all families seeking truth and justice and to demonstrate clearly that we will not accept any attempt to provide a statute of limitations or an amnesty for British State forces.“We will not let them rewrite history. “Sinn Féin is committed to standing by the families and all those victims of state violence who are campaigning for truth.”

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