25 September 1997 Edition

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Bloody Sunday on Derry walls

The Gasyard Féile, with the support of the Bloody Sunday Justice Campaign and Bloody Sunday Trust, have erected six life-size photographic enlargements of images taken by French photojournalist Gilles Peress on Bloody Sunday, on walls in Derry's Bogside.

The open-air exhibition, placed close to the location of the original killings is entitled ``Rossville Remembers'' and it coincides with the international association of art critics conference in Derry last weekend.

A Féile spokesperson said, ``These photos captured the horror and tragedy of the unfolding events which were to prove a watershed in this city. This public artwork invites us to stop and pause in memory for the fourteen men and boys murdered on that day.''

Two of the young people who assisted in the erection of the images gave their views:

``When I first saw the six Bloody Sunday images I tried to imagine myself there at the time, but I found it hard because it's difficult to imagine yourself in a place where people were shot just because they stood up for their rights.

``Even though I wasn't there at the time of Bloody Sunday I still feel strongly about the events that took place that day, and I think that until the British Army has been found guilty of the 14 murders the people of Derry should fight to bring justice to the victims of Bloody Sunday.''

Cahir Hegarty (17)

``I am 18 years old. I wasn't even born when Bloody Sunday happened, but when I saw the photos I felt angry because I have come to learn what everyone knew, that the 14 who died were all innocent people whose only crime was to march for their rights. I and many others know that it was wrong and it should have never have happened. It was cold blooded murder carried out by people who shouldn't' have even been here.''

Sean Donnelly (18)

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