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    - INTRO: In Northern Ireland, Catholics marched on Sunday to mark the 25th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" slaying of demonstrators by British troops that propelled Northern Ireland into unresolved conflict.

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    - INTRO: In Northern Ireland, Catholics marched on Sunday to mark the 25th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" slaying of demonstrators by British troops that propelled Northern Ireland into unresolved conflict.

    Thousands of marchers, following the same fateful route from the Catholic area of Londonderry to the city's walls, laid wreaths and added their voices to calls for a new probe into one of the darkest days of Northern Ireland history.

    Carrying 14 white crosses, one for each of the dead men, the families of the victims of Bloody Sunday led a march through the streets. Thousands of people followed as the march wound its way from Creggan Heights through the streets of the Creggan estate towards the Bogside.

    They marched to the tunes of Celtic pipe bands and carried nationalist banners.

    Among the marchers was Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams, head of the IRA guerrillas' political wing, Sinn Fein. Adams told Sky Television on Sunday morning that "Bloody Sunday is an open wound, a Sunday which never ended" and urged a reluctant British government to examine new theories about the killings. He said the entire British establishment had taken part in a cover-up.

    An official 1972 investigation by Britain's then Chief Justice Lord Widgery exonerated British paratroopers, who believed they were under fire from IRA guerrillas attached to an 80,000-strong Catholic civil rights demonstration.

    Marching with Adams was Martin McGuinness, Sinn Fein's chief strategist. McGuinness was among dozens who visited a simple stone plinth on the site of the killings early on Sunday.

    McGuinness also addressed a huge rally in the town, telling the crowd that February 2, 1972 was a day of awakening for the Irish people.

    British Prime Minister John Major last week called Bloody Sunday a terrible tragedy but stopped far short of ordering a new investigation into the killings.

    The deaths stunned the largely pro-Irish 40 percent Catholic minority and sent outraged youths hurrying to join the IRA's continuing guerrilla campaign to end British rule and join Northern Ireland with the Irish republic.

    The 25th anniversary is being marked against a background of a new IRA guerrilla campaign, multi-party peace talks mired in divisive wrangling and fresh calls by the Irish government for Britain to listen to new evidence about the killings.

    Adams wants an IRA truce to win automatic entry to the talks for Sinn Fein but Major says the ceasefire must be verifiably permanent and mark a complete end to the guerrilla campaign at the heart of a conflict which has left 3,200 people dead.


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    Film ID:
    VLVA62YR4M05ZPMBT7QS7O1WTVNAO
    Media URN:
    VLVA62YR4M05ZPMBT7QS7O1WTVNAO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/02/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:58:00
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    N/A

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