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Final Bloody Sunday commemorative march to take place

Officials have said that the annual march to remember the 1972 tragedy is no longer necessary because of the findings of the Saville report – however, some relatives of the victims say they still want to mark the day.

A mural adorning a wall of
A mural adorning a wall of "Free Derry Corner" in the Bogside area of Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
Image: Brian Little/PA Archive/Press Association Images

THE FINAL MARCH to mark the 1972 tragedy will take place in Derry today.

The decision to make this year’s march the final one – after 39 years – follows the the findings of the Saville Report last year, which found that British paratroopers had opened fire on a civil rights march in Derry’s Bogside area in January 1972, RTÉ reports.

The report concluded that the behaviour of the paratroopers, which resulted in the deaths of 14 people, was “both unjustified and unjustifiable”.

But while organisers have declared that this year would be the final official march, relatives of some of the victims have said the proposal is premature, according to the BBC.

A number of alternative ways to mark the day are now being considered.

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