Outrage as soldiers from the British Parachute Regiment use image of Jeremy Corbyn for target practice

A video of British soldiers from the Parachute Regiment using a large image of Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, for target practice has resulted in widespread anger and outage after it was shared on social media on Tuesday evening.

The video emerged on Twitter on Tuesday and shows four British soldiers pointing handguns at a large photograph of Mr. Corbyn.

Soldiers from the British Parachute Regiment pictured using a large image of Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn

 

Soldiers from the British Parachute Regiment pictured using a large image of Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
After the soldiers have finished discharging their weapons the person recording the incident moves the camera towards the image to show how many of the projectiles struck Mr. Corbyn’s face.

“We are aware of a video circulating on social media, this behaviour is totally unacceptable and falls well below the high standards the army expects, a full investigation has been launched,” said a spokesperson for the British army.

The 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment were responsible for the deaths of 14 people who lost their lives as a result of Bloody Sunday in Derry on January 30, 1972.

The soldiers in the video were from 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment.

The incident concerning the video was discussed on talk radio station, L.B.C., by presenter James O’Brien on Wednesday.

Kate Nash, whose 19 year-old brother, William Nash, was shot dead by British soldiers on Bloody Sunday.

Ms. Nash contacted L.B.C. to condemn the video.

“The video is an assault on democracy,” said Ms. Nash whose father, Alexander Nash, was shot by the British army as he attempted to reach his son, William, on Bloody Sunday.

“Nobody’s face should be used like that – it’s an incitement to hatred plain and simple,” she added.

With many thanks to: Derry Journal and Andrew Quinn for the original story

 

MoD disputes Bloody Sunday compensation claim and considers appeal

 

Victim waving white handkerchief moments before death Bloody Sunday

 

 

The family of the last person to be killed by British soldiers on Bloody Sunday appear set to receive at least £258,000 in damages.

The recommended pay-out for the shooting of father-of-six Bernard “Barney” McGuigan in Derry was disclosed during proceedings at the High Court.

But a possible appeal is also being considered against a ruling that an extra £15,000 should be awarded for injury to the 41-year-old victim’s feelings.

Thirteen people were shot dead when members of the Parachute Regiment opened fire on civil rights demonstrators in January 1972. A fourteenth victim died later from his wounds.

Civil actions were brought by victims and their families after a major tribunal established the innocence of all those killed and wounded.

The Saville Inquiry’s findings in 2010 prompted the then Prime Minister, David Cameron, to publicly apologise for the actions of the soldiers.

He described the Bloody Sunday killings as “unjustified and unjustifiable”.

With liability accepted, proceedings are centred on the level of damages to be paid out.

More than £1.8m has already been paid out in settlements and awards made in 16 other claims.

Mr McGuigan, a painter and decorator, was shot at the Rossville Flats area as he went to the aid of 31-year-old Patrick Doherty, another of those shot dead on the day.

Bernard “Barney” McGuinness was murdered on Bloody Sunday

 

Bernard “Barney” McGuigan was killed on Bloody Sunday
He had been waving a white handkerchief when hit by a bullet to the head, killing him instantly.

Counsel for the McGuigan family, Brian Fee QC, contended that aggravated damages should also be awarded due to the circumstances surrounding his killing.

“This man emerged from a position of shelter to try and help others, and must have been terrified as he did so,” he said.

David Ringland QC, representing the Ministry of Defence (MoD), argued that aggravated damages are not recoverable because death was instantaneous.

Ruling on the dispute, Mr Justice McAlinden backed the plaintiff.

“The wrongful actions of the servants or agents of the defendant on the day in question would have filled the deceased with fear and dread, coupled with a strong sense of indignation and hurt at being the innocent victim of a blatant, unprovoked and unjust attack by members of the army,” he said.

He also held that the behaviour of the soldiers responsible for the shootings was “imbued with a degree of malevolence and flagrancy which was truly exceptional”.

Based on Mr McGuigan being killed instantly, the judge decided his estate is entitled to £15,000 aggravated damages.

At a further hearing on Thursday he was told the MoD is considering whether to appeal that award, and that counsel has provided advice.

Any challenge could impact on similar claims for aggravated damages in outstanding cases brought by the Doherty family and others, the court heard.

It then emerged that an overall settlement of £273,000 has been advanced in the McGuigan case – made up of £258,000 plus the £15,000 awarded.

“That’s the recommended figure,” Mr Ringland said.

Noting the agreement reached between counsel, Mr Justice McAlinden said a formal decree can be made once final authorisation is obtained.

Outside court a lawyer for the Doherty family expressed disappointment at both having their case adjourned and the potential appeal to the aggravated damages award to the McGuigan family.

Fearghal Shiels of Madden & Finucane Solicitors claimed: “It is a trivial amount in the context of the MoD’s limitless budget, and their general approach to this litigation is far removed from the efficient manner with which it undertook to approach these proceedings in 2011.”

With many thanks to the: Belfast Telegraph and Alan Erwin for the original story

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Anger at Bloody Sunday ‘Soldier F’ banner in Co Antrim

A sickening display……. One wonders when these people will remember that the Paras murdered innocent people within the unionist/Loyalist communities too. 🙄

British government places no value on Irish lives

The Irish News 27/03/2019

It must be a great consolation to the relatives of those slaughtered on Bloody Sunday in Derry and in Ballymurphy, that they were shot down in a dignified and appropriate manner by the cowardly thugs of the Parachute Regiment.

If further proof was needed that Karen Bradley isn’t fit for office, she is even facing a ‘no confidence’ vote in her own constituency, this statement was it. How cruel, how insensitive, how inhumane can she be to those long suffering families??

 

Shame Féin Respecting the Bloody Sunday victims and opposing British rule but eating the crumbs from the English gents table!!! Here have the scraps

The DUP posed the question in Parliament, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they also had a hand in scripting the answer too.

The British Royal family have a very long history of protecting child rapists and perverts and the Queen is very well known for protecting and Knigting them giving perverts the ‘Title of Sir’

 

When David Cameron made his belated apology 40 years after the event, it was designed to draw a line under the brutal and illegal act, and the relatives were supposed to be hugely impressed. As one commentator noted, he had apologised and his apology had been accepted.

What the people in this part of Ireland must realise is that the British place no value on Irish lives, be they men, women or children.

Murder is Murder, is Murder, the then British Prime Minister Maggie Thatcher spoke those words during the 1981 Hunger Strike

They have shown that they’re prepared to gun down the people in the streets of their cities and towns, apologise 40 years later and the broken hearted families are supposed to suck it up.

British Paratroopers having a good ole ‘knee’s up’

The Derry people had the absolute gall to hold a civil rights march in their own city.

Why didn’t they already have civil rights after eight centuries of continuous foreign rule?

How much longer were they supposed to wait?

A picture of all of the innocents murdered on that fateful day which became known as Bloody Sunday

The Irish people must see by now that they’ll never get justice from the British.

Never forget Ireland’s innocent dead, murdered by loyalists and supported and armed and trained by British Crown Forces

They will have to take their courage come border poll time and make the border disappear, take control of the motherland and map out their own destiny be they Catholic, Protestant or Dissenter.

SEAMUS MacDAIBHID
Dungiven, Co Derry

http://www.irishnews.com/opinion/letterstotheeditor/2019/03/27/news/-england-get-out-of-ireland-an-expression-of-support-for-united-ireland-1583319/

Banner shows support for ex-soldier charged with double murder and facing Bloody Sunday prosecution

A banner in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim in support of ex-para charged with the double murder of two innocent men on Bloody Sunday supporting ‘Soldier F’. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

 

 

 

A banner showing support for an ex-soldier facing prosecution for the murder of two people on Bloody Sunday “should not offend anyone”, a DUP councillor has said.

It comes after the Public Prosecution Service this month charged a man known only as ‘Soldier F’ for the murders of James Wray and William McKinney, who were killed in the Bogside area of Londonderry on January 30, 1972.

In the wake of the decision, a number of Parachute Regiment flags have appeared in the predominantly loyalist Co Antrim towns of Larne and Carrickfergus.

And in recent days, a banner bearing the words ‘Carrickfergus stands with Soldier F’ was erected near the town’s historic castle

Some have hit out at the appearance of the banner, including Alliance Party council candidate and former RAF member, Noel Williams.

He told the News Letter: “As an ex-armed forces man, I find the use of the regimental insignia in this way to be totally unacceptable.

“It is being used to raise tensions and should be removed, as there is no doubt that is hurtful to the families of those killed on Bloody Sunday.

“In terms of the case of Soldier F, my view is that is an ongoing case and we must let the law take its course.”

However, DUP group leader on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Gregg McKeen defended the banner and said it “is not hurting anyone”.

He told the News Letter: “People feel aggrieved that the PPS has decided to charge this soldier and want to show their support. They are entitled to do that and I see no problem with that.

“It is not doing anyone any harm or victimising anyone. It is a banner showing support for something that people believe in strongly.

“No one should be offended by this and I don’t see it as contentious.”

Meanwhile, a former paratrooper is returning his medal for service in Northern Ireland in “disgust” over the prosecution of Soldier F.

Jim Kenyon told the Hereford Times that he would be sending his service medals to the prime minister and 22 white feathers to the cabinet in protest at the decision.

He will also be sending a letter criticising the treatment of military veterans.

With many thanks to the: Carrick Times and Stephen Gamble for the original story

Ex-soldiers send medals back in ‘disgust’ over Bloody Sunday prosecution

Jim Kenyon outside The Victory in Hereford with his medal and the medal of ex-SAS Mark Billingham which is also being being returned

 

 

EX-PARATROOPER Jim Kenyon is sending his Northern Ireland medal to the Prime Minister in ‘disgust’ over the prosecution of a British soldier for the killings of two people on Bloody Sunday.

A picture of all of the innocents murdered on that fateful day which became known as Bloody Sunday

Thirteen people were killed, and 15 people wounded after the Army’s Parachute Regiment opened fire on civil rights demonstrators in Londonderry, on 30 January 30, 1972.

The day became known as Bloody Sunday – and victims’ families have waited 47 years to see if there would be prosecutions.

Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service said earlier this month that there was enough evidence to prosecute one paratrooper – known only as Soldier F.

The two victims of the Parachute Regiment who Soldier F is charged with murdering but all the British Para’s we’re guilty of murder in the First Degree

He will stand trial for the murders of James Wray and William McKinney and has also been charged with four attempted murders.

The British Secretary of State for the North of Ireland needs to step aside

But former Hereford mayor councillor Kenyon said it was wrong for the UK Government to allow the prosecution to go ahead after so many years.

He also said he had spoken to SAS veteran Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham who is also sending his medal back.

Coun Kenyon will also be sending 22 feathers to the cabinet along with his service medals.

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“I’ve given up on politicians,” he said.

“They send soldiers places to do jobs. And whatever jobs they do, politicians are the people that put them in these positions.”

Paratrooper flags erected in Cookstown with: ‘Londonderry 1972 No Surrender’

He said the current cabinet members did not understand what it is like to serve in the Army.

Murder is Murder the British Prime Minister of the Tory Party ever spoke

“So, it’s as if they don’t care,” he said.

“I went to Northern Ireland when I was 18-years-old.

“I couldn’t believe what I saw.

“You had to be there at the time to understand what it was like.

“I’ve spent six months there and they were trying to kill me.

“I had rocket-propelled grenades fired at me.”

Coun Kenyon said the Good Friday Agreement should have meant amnesty for all involved.

“This line to keep chasing the military shouldn’t have been pursued,” he said.

“There is a culture of this that goes into Iraq and Afghanistan as well and it’s awful.

“I think to drag a former paratrooper back for a trial is disgusting.

“No one is above the law but there were a lot of seniors and officers above him that should have been there controlling that situation.

“It almost smacks as scapegoating as if he’s been sold out.”

Coun Kenyon will be posting his medal with a letter criticising how military veterans are

With many thanks to the: Kidderminister Shuttle for the original story