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Ballymurphy Massacre Families to Meet Owen Patterson

6 October, 2010 - by Pat Sheehan

The Ballymurphy Massacre Families will meet the British Secretary of State Owen Paterson on Thursday

The Ballymurphy Massacre Family delegation will be accompanied by west Belfast MP Gerry Adams who is facilitating the meeting.

Speaking today Gerry Adams said:

“Next year will mark 40 years since the events of August 1971 when in the two days after the introduction of internment, 11 people, including a mother of 8 children and a local Catholic priest, were killed by the British Parachute Regiment.

The families have always disputed British Army and RUC claims about the circumstances surrounding the deaths. They have campaigned for almost four decades for the truth.

None of those killed had any connection to any armed group. They were all innocent civilians.

On Thursday the Ballymurphy Massacre families will meet with the British Secretary of State Owen Patterson.

The families will tell him that they are seeking truth. They want an independent international investigation into the deaths of their loved ones and an apology from the British government which recognises their innocence.” CRÍOCH

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