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In Ñspel: The Guardian view on the Bloody Sunday anniversary: the legacy remains

A mural in Derry depicting events from Bloody Sunday. ‘Half a century on, it is important to acknowledge this still unquiet legacy.’ Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images
A ḿṛl in Deri dpictñ ivnts fṛm Bludi Súnde. ’Haf a snć̣ri on, it z importnt t acnolij ɖs stl unqayt leġsi.’ Foṭgraf: Pōl Feʈ/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

Ɖ Gardịn vy on ɖ Bludi Súnde aṇvrsri: ɖ leġsi rmenz

(Transcription of an editorial published in the Guardian on 28 January 2022)

Īvn 50 yirz lêtr, ɖ cilñz in Deri in 1972 cast a loñ śado ovr Britn’z poḷsiz in Norɖn Îrḷnd

Frîde 28 Jańri 2022

Fr mni on bʈ sîdz v ɖ Îriś Sì, ɖ cilñ v 14 unarmd sivl-rîts deṃnstretrz bî membrz v ɖ Britiś armi’z Paṛśutrejimnt on Bludi Súnde in 1972 rmenz ɖ dfînñ ǎtrej v Norɖn Îrḷnd’z 30-yir Trublz. It wz srtnli ɖ most p’liticli daṃjñ t Britn. Ɖ śūtñz, ẃć tc ples in Deri’z Bogsîd district 50 yirz ago on Súnde, śoct ɖz îḷndz n ɖ wrld. Ɖe stl d n ɖe stl śd. Bludi Súnde wz nt ɖ onli snslis act v vayḷns jrñ ɖ Trublz. Mni mor cilñz wr carid ǎt jrñ ɖoz 30 yirz bî paṛmilitri grūps fṛm bʈ sîdz ɖn bî ɖ s’kṛtiforsz (n mor ɖn fîv tîmz az mni in ɖ ces v ɖ IRA). Bt ɖ śūtñz in Deri md ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd crîsis dīpn dṛmaticli, léd t a stīp esc̣leśn v vayḷns, cōzd a būst in IRA rcrūtmnt n dd hyj repyteśnl harm t Britn, its Norɖn Îrḷnd poḷsi n its insttyśnz.

Olmst az bad az Bludi Súnde itslf wz ɖ ofiśl atmt t cuvr p ẃt hapnd, n ɖ lîz ɖt wr cnsistntli tld, includñ at ɖ hîist levl v guvnmnt n in ɖ frst jdiśl inqîri ɖt wz anǎnst dez aftr ɖ cilñz. In ɖ end it wd tec nirli 40 yirz bfr ɖ YC guvnmnt acnolijd ɖ truʈ abt 30 Jańri 1972 n apoḷjîzd, aftr Lord Savil’z inqîri faund in 2010 ɖt nn v ɖ caźltiz wr pozñ a ʈret or dwñ enʈñ ɖt wd jusṭfî śūtñ ɖm. Īvn nǎ, mni aspects v Bludi Súnde rmen sorsz v dspyt, in ptiklr ɖ feḷr t psy indivijl soljrz ʈru proṣkśnz.

Haf a snć̣ri on, it z importnt t acnolij ɖs stl unqayt leġsi. Norɖn Îrḷnd hz bn at pīs, mor or les, sins 1998. Ɖ ʈret v vayḷns, includñ stet n paṛmilitri vayḷns, z dsîsivli dminiśt. Pǎr z nǎ śerd, nt hōrdd az it stl wz ẃn ɖ Trublz brouc ǎt. Norɖn Îrḷnd z indd unrecgnîẓbl in mni wez fṛm 50 yirz ago. Bt nt in evri we. Ɖs wīcend’z aṇvrsri hz in no sns bn ɖ oceźn fr ɖ difṛnt tṛdiśnz t imbres wn anɖr in a spirit v śerd sadnis n rmembṛns.

Instd, ɖ cmeṃreśnz rten a dstñt éj. Ɖ DYP frst ministr v Norɖn Îrḷnd, Pōl Givn, hz rfyzd t atnd eni v ɖ ivnts at ol ɖs wīcend (instd, on Ʈrzde, hiz alîz cmeṃretd ɖ cilñz v tū p’līs ofisrz in ɖ dez bfr Bludi Súnde). Ɖ SDLP līdr, Coḷm Īstwŭd, huz cnstitẏnsi includz Deri, hz sd ɖ paṛśutrejimnt wr “snt t mî siti t mrdr” n hz cōld fr an ofiśl apoḷji fṛm ɖ armi. In Deri on Súnde, ɖ Îriś prîm̦inistr z lîcli t b preznt, bt nt, it cuṛntli apirz, ɖ Britiś wn.

Phps ɖs ejinis z un’vôḍbl, gvn ɖ rw imośnl pǎr v an ivnt lîc Bludi Súnde, ẃć mni stl livñ rmembr vividli. Yt it z nt mni yirz sins ɖ YC n ɖ Îriś Rpublic tgɖr naṿgetd sm importnt Îriś historicl sntīṇriz in imajiṇtiv n coopṛtiv wez ẃć hlpt t streñʈn ɖ pīsproses n gd rleśnz acrs ǎr îḷndz rɖr ɖn wìc̣nñ ɖm. W sīm t b slipñ bac fṛm sć a far-sîtd aproć nǎ.

Nẃr z ɖs mor obvịs at preznt ɖn in rleśn t ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd proṭcol v ɖ YC’z Brexit-wɖdrwl agrīmnt. Ɖ instbiḷti cōzd bî Brexit wośz ovr intu mni uɖr ʈñz, includñ aṇvrsriz lîc Bludi Súnde, n uɖr Trublz mîlstonz stl t cm. Nt evrʈñ abt Norɖn Îrḷnd śd b blemd xclusivli on ɖ Britiś guvnmnt. Bt unls ɖ Britiś guvnmnt ingejz cnstructivli, cnsistntli n oṇstli in Norɖn Îrḷnd, riyl denjrz folo, jst az ɖe r dwñ nǎ.

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