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McCartney calls for Bloody Sunday Paras to be stripped of their decorations

1 February, 2012 - by Raymond McCartney

Commenting following the Honours Forfeiture Committee decision to strip Former RBS Chief Executive Fred Goodwin of his Knighthood in light of the banking collapse, Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson, Raymond McCartney has called for those members of the British Paratroop Regiment who were decorated by the their Queen in the aftermath of the Bloody Sunday Massacre to be likewise stripped of their so-called honours.

Raymond McCartney said:

"The British government has acted relatively swiftly to remove Fred Goodwin from the ranks of the British elitist Honours System because of the part played by RBS in the financial collapse and for which taxpayers are now paying the price.

"If there is any honour in this system then the British government must now act to correct the insult that was added to the grief of the families of the Bloody Sunday dead and injured when Queen Elizabeth decorated those responsible for the murder of fourteen Civil Rights marchers and the wounding of fourteen more on the streets of Derry on January 30th 1972.

"British Prime Minister, David Cameron on publication of the Saville Report accepted that all of those killed and injured were totally innocent and that the actions of the Paras on that day were both 'unjust and unjustifiable' in other words he was acknowledging that the Bloody Sunday dead were murdered. If Mr Cameron does not now move to have the paratroopers stripped of their decorations then he will once more confirm that a perceived financial crime against the British perople should be dealt with more severely than state murder of Irish civilians on their own streets."

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