Jan. 30: Bloody Sunday 1972

Jan 31, 2012 5:55pm

1972 Bloody Sunday in Northern Ireland

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British authorities fired at several thousand protestors in Northern Ireland, killing 13 people.

British authorities opened fire on thousands of protestors in Londonderry, Northern Ireland and  13 people were killed.  The demonstrators were Catholics from Northern Ireland who opposed British internment of suspected Irish nationalists.  British officials had tried to ban the march from taking place, but the protestors defied their orders.  The clash became known as “Bloody Sunday” and it launched Northern Ireland’s conflicts into the global eye.  Violence between British and Irish escalated in the years after.

 

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