Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

15.45 27 Apr 2019


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Supporters of Bloody Sunday 'Soldier F' have gathered for a demonstration outside Belfast City Hall this afternoon.

The protesters are against the prosecution of a former British soldier who is being accused of murdering two people.

The prosecution is related to the Bloody Sunday killings in 1972.

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14 people died after British soldiers opened fire on a crowd following a civil rights march in Derry on January 30th 1972.

In March, it was announced that only one former soldier would face prosecution over the killings.

'Soldier F' will face prosecution for the murders of James Wray and William McKinney and the attempted murder of four others.

Northern Ireland's Public Prosecution Service found that “the available evidence is insufficient to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction” in relation to the other 18 suspects.

BBC reports that 'a couple of hundred' people gathered in Belfast today, calling on the UK government to enact legislation to "safeguard" soldiers and police.

Meanwhile, relatives of the those shot by paratroopers in Ballymurphy, Belfast in 1971 held a counter-protest in support of the families of the Bloody Sunday victims.

Soldier F protest Members and supporters of the Ballymurphy families staging a counter protest to the supporters of Solider F, outside Belfast City Hall. Soldier F, a former paratrooper is due to stand trial for murder and attempted murder for his role in the 1972 Bloody Sunday killings. Picture by: Liam McBurney/PA Wire/PA Images

10 people died after being shot over the course of several days.

An ongoing inquest into the shootings got underway last year, following a long campaign for a fresh investigation by the victims' families.

Main image: Protesters outside Belfast City Hall during a rally for soldier F, a former paratrooper who is due to stand trial for murder and attempted murder for his role in the 1972 Bloody Sunday killings. Picture by: Liam McBurney/PA Wire/PA Images

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