Questions To Be Answered

Daniel Bradley shares his thoughts on Bloody Sunday and the Ballymurphy massacre. 

In 1969 nationalist  men and women in the Bogside decided enough was enough and they marched for civil rights, they had enough of being treated as second class. 

The battle of the Bogside lasted for three days and three nights and they were victorious. That victorious they were able to paint on the gable wall YOU ARE NOW ENTERING FREE DERRY.

At the time the Official IRA had checkpoints on the Lecky road and the RUC were not allowed into the Bog or Creggan. This situation  became embarrassing for the British government all over the world.

The unionists were not happy, and they were knocking on the British government’s door 24/7 to change the situation.  

The Provisional IRA did so in 1969 when it broke away from what became known as the Official IRA. There were ideological differences, but the main motivation was that the Provisionals felt that not enough had been done to protect Catholic communities in Northern Ireland.

Again, the British government was under pressure from the Unionists, so it had to act and act quickly which the they did and infiltrated the Provisional IRA and using top IRA officers by becoming informers. Using this intelligence they took a step ahead.  

The Ballymurphy Massacre was a series of incidents involving the killing of eleven civilians by the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment of the British Army in Ballymurphy, Belfast, Northern Ireland. The killings happened between 9 and 11 August 1971, during Operation Demetrius. The shootings have also been called Belfast Bloody Sunday, a reference to another massacre of civilians by the same battalion a few months later.

As you can see they used trained killers who were taught daily shoot to kill guerrilla warfare, this was to stir up Belfast people to allow the Provisional IRA to get bigger, but they were to go another step.

Bloody Sunday (1972) - Wikipedia

Bloody Sundaysometimes called the Bogside Massacre – was an incident on 30 January 1972 in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland, when British soldiers ...

After Bloody Sunday again people reacted well over 2000 people in Derry joined the Provisional IRA.

This regiment was sent in to kill innocent people to provoke the nationalist people and the republicans so that they would get up in arms and fight back. And by using the two top IRA informers Derry and Belfast gave the British government the ability to make their next move and that includes killing innocent people and unionists.

You would be aware of MI5 involvement in the Omagh bombing.

Let me take you back to Bloody Friday, the 21st July 1972, where a bomb blasted Belfast.

Maybe people should look up in google Folklore, Northern Ireland Contingency Planning, Operation Folklore. Which began on the 24th July 1972, 3 days after Bloody Friday, but yet I can take you back to the 10th July 1972 where Mr Whitelaw signed at a secret meeting a document which was relevant to Operation Motorman 31st July 1972, originally called Operation Carcan, which would have included Operation Folklore.

The 1st battalion of the parachute regiment as I shared trained daily.

But an ordinary soldier of the army would have been trained from 6 months to a year to go into a built up area like Northern Ireland. That was confirmed at the Manus Deery inquest, and being an ex. Irish army soldier myself I know that this training would have been essential for the ordinary soldier.

So after Bloody Sunday these soldiers were trained to attack  Northern Ireland on the 31st July 1972, and for the 6 months the British army intelligence communicated with the  British government and Mr Whitelaw signed everything off. 

I can also confirm that documents that I have state that the British army were at war with the IRA and therefore I believe there are questions to be asked to both the Provisional IRA and the British government concerning Operation Folklore.

Also online the An Phoblacht tells the same story Brits proposed giving Army carte blanche- 1973 state papers :Operation Folklore, so why would they put 1973 when they knew it was the 24th July 1972. I believe both parties must answer to what I have shared.
Did The British Government Deliberately Cause The Deaths Of Ballymurphy And Bloody Sunday To Create Operation Motorman?

Daniel Bradley is a Derry justice campaigner.

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Anthony McIntyre

Former IRA prisoner, spent 18 years in Long Kesh. Free Speech advocate, writer, historian, humanist, and researcher.

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