17 December 2009 Edition

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Procession to recall Ballymurphy Massacre

FAMILIES of eleven people killed by the British Army in August 1971, in what has become known as the Ballymurphy Massacre, have organised a candlelight procession for Truth and Justice to be held on Thursday, 17 December
One of the family members, Briege Voyle, whose mother Joan Connolly was killed during the massacre, has urged as many people as possible to support the procession.
“It’s important that we continue to highlight the fact that eleven innocent people were killed by the British Army during the Ballymurphy Massacre  but we would also urge any other person who is also seeking Truth and Justice for the death or injury to their loved ones to take part in this candlelight procession”, Briege Voyle said
The Ballymurphy Massacre Families will also unveil a Christmas tree for Truth and Justice at the procession and are asking people to bring along small tokens such as cards or photos to hang on the tree that represent their loved ones. This small tokens will be removed from the Garden of Remembrance on the Feast of the Epiphany on 6 January. There will also be prayers and carol singing during a brief ceremony.
Briege Voyle also urged the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to hold a meeting as soon as possible with the families of the Ballymurphy Massacre. She said: “We have all suffered for more than 38 years from the fact that our loved ones were killed by the British Army. During this time we have had also to suffer insult and harassment, delay and prevarication from the British Government. We are calling on Gordon Brown to start the process of righting this historic wrong committed by forces acting on behalf of the British Government by meeting with ourselves as soon as possible.’

For further information contact: Briege Voyle (daughter of Joan Connolly) 07513767615, John Teggart (son of Danny Teggart) 07512166867 or Liam Stone 07756587027

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