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Families reminisce on Bloody Sunday protesters’ final steps 50 years later

Relatives of BLOODY Sunday clutched photos of those killed as they took their final steps on the 50th anniversary of the brutality.

Taoiseach Michael Martin laid a wreath after a bittersweet repeat of a short walk this morning that ended with ten minutes of gunfire and 13 deaths.

Children hold flowers as they walk the steps of the original 1972 human rights march on the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday

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Children hold flowers as they walk the steps of the original 1972 human rights march on the 50th anniversary of Bloody SundayCredit: Reuters
Taoiseach) Michael Martin and Secretary of State Simon Coveney at the Bloody Sunday memorial

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Taoiseach) Michael Martin and Secretary of State Simon Coveney at the Bloody Sunday memorialCredit: Reuters

Another man injured on this day died four months later.

Shortly after 9 a.m., crowds gathered at Derry’s Creggan Shops before heading to the Bloody Sunday Memorial in Rossville Street.

Mr Martin laid a wreath before broadcasting a recorded message from Irish President Michael D Higgins to Bloody Sunday families.

President Higgins is expected to say that 50 years from now, Bloody Sunday remains a part of the living memory of all Irish people.

Events that are part of a weekend of events and tributes include Beyond the Silence at the city’s Millennium Forum Theatre, hosted by actor Adrian Dunbar.

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Forum due to be silenced on Sunday at exactly 50 years earlier civil rights marchers were shot in Bogside.

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar said: “Today we remember 14 innocent people who were killed in Derry 50 years ago on Bloody Sunday.

“The events of that day cast a long shadow over the city and country that many people are still dealing with today.

“We applaud the courage and perseverance of the victims and their families, who campaigned tirelessly for justice and who continue to do so today.

“Their persistence is an example for other victims of the Troubles to never give up the fight for justice.

“We are committed to honoring those who died on Bloody Sunday by standing with all victims of the Troubles and continuing to work for permanent peace on our shared island. “

On Saturday, former British Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn told relatives the government’s plan to pardon those involved in the Troubles crimes was an “outrage”.

‘BEST DAY’

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid his respects to the families of the victims.

He said Bloody Sunday was “one of the darkest days in our history” and that “we must learn from the past, reconcile and build a shared and prosperous future”.

A veteran of the Parachute Regiment has been charged with two murders and five attempted murders.

The case was dropped by the Public Prosecution Service in Northern Ireland last year.

That decision is being challenged in court.

Photos of those killed on Bloody Sunday are shown as pedestrians walk the steps of the 1972 march

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Photos of those killed on Bloody Sunday are shown as pedestrians walk the steps of the 1972 marchCredit: Reuters

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