Republican party Saoradh has confirmed that it will be in attendance at this year’s Bloody Sunday March for Justice which this year takes place on Sunday, January 27.

In a statement to the Derry News a spokesperson for the party said: “After a collective grassroots discussion amongst the Saoradh membership in Derry, an overwhelming decision was taken to reaffirm the party’s support for the Bloody Sunday march.

“The process of discussion took place following Saoradh’s decision to withdraw from the Bloody Sunday march last year after the release of a reformist poster for the event.

“Bloody Sunday was originally an anti-internment rally. There are currently a number of Irish republican political activists interned by the British state-the same British state responsible for the war crimes committed on Bloody Sunday.

“We now hope that the Bloody Sunday march will continue in its original form-giving a voice and an acknowledgement to Irish republicans who find themselves interned and those who represent them.

“Saoradh’s position regarding the Bloody Sunday march is now a matter of public record. Our position has been outlined since our inception and we endeavour to support the march again this year in the absence of British interference or sentiment. As we go forward we retain the right to offer a critique and or take action again in future should issues such as those occurred in 2018 arise again.”

Chair of the Bloody Sunday March for Justice Committee Kate Nash told the Derry News: “The Bloody Sunday March for Justice is all-inclusive and everyone is welcome to attend.

“We have always endeavoured to raise awareness for all injustices but of course our focus has always been prosecutions for state killers. This is what our victims deserve.”

This year’s march will depart from Central Drive, Creggan on January 27 at 2.30pm.

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