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270 state victims' images to be shown on Free Derry Wall

Pictures of state violence victims are to be projected onto Free Derry Wall in protest at British government plans to close down legal actions over Troubles killings.
Seamus McKinney

IMAGES of almost 270 Troubles victims are to be projected onto Free Derry Wall to mark the next reading of the British government’s controversial Legacy bill.

The bill, which aims to close down legal actions over Troubles killings, is being opposed by all the major political parties in Northern Ireland as well as the Irish government.

Next Monday evening, the eve of the next parliamentary reading of the bill, the Bloody Sunday Trust and Pat Finucane Centre intends projecting images of 269 victims onto the iconic monument. Trust director, Maeve McLaughlin said supporters felt the Bogside wall was the perfect place to show opposition to British government plans.

Ms McLaughlin said: “Free Derry Corner has long been a symbol of national and international resistance and resilience and it is fitting that the wall is used to highlight this shameful attempt to deny families access to proper judicial process.”

She said the victims of state violence were those people who would be denied “investigations, inquests, court cases, truth and justice” by the bill.

“We think it will be really powerful, the pictures will appear with the message ‘Stop the Legacy bill’.

Monday’s event starts at Free Derry Wall at 7.30pm.

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