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Truth Will Out Over British Collusion Policy

23 January, 2004


Sinn Féin Assembly member for West Tyrone Barry McElduff will address the annual Bloody Sunday March in London on Sunday. Speaking today before departing Mr McElduff said that 'those within the British establishment who covered up the murders on Bloody Sunday are the very same people who developed the British collusion policy and who are fighting tooth and nail to prevent the truth about it coming out now'.

Mr McElduff said:

" After the massacre on the streets of Derry on 30th January 1972 the British cover-up operation flew into top gear. Widgery was brought in and the truth was suppressed. The British state was determined to prevent the facts from emerging. That is why we now have a Saville Tribunal. However it seems from the British side that the lessons of Widgery have not been learned. The MoD is still trying to prevent the truth coming out. It is still suppressing vital evidence and it is being supported by the current British government in all of this.

" Those within the British establishment who covered up the murders on Bloody Sunday are the very same people who developed the British collusion policy and who are fighting tooth and nail to prevent the truth about it coming out now. They are the people who sanctioned the murder of Pat Finucane and countless others. They are the people who armed the unionist death squads and provided them with intelligence. They are the people who propped up the six county state with a mixture of terror, repression and political exclusion.

" But if anything is to be learned from Bloody Sunday it is that the families of those killed through British State repression and violence will not be bought off by phoney inquires or British lies. The same is true of the families of those murdered through the British collusion policy. Next month 100 relatives of those murdered by the British directly or through their surrogate unionist murder gangs will travel to London. They will travel to the places were the policy was developed and enacted. To the places where the killings of their loved ones were sanctioned.

" The British government and Tony Blair in particular must realise that the truth about collusion like the truth about Bloody Sunday will come out. It will come out because the families of those killed will not rest until they see justice delivered." ENDS

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