Civil Rights Anniversary: Sinn Fein Trying to Hijack History, Says Eamonn McCann

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Civil Rights Anniversary: Sinn Fein Trying to Hijack History, Says Eamonn McCann


One of the leading organisers of a pivotal civil rights march in Londonderry 50 years ago has hit out at Sinn Fein for "trying to hijack history".

Eamonn McCann, a leading figure in the Northern Ireland civil rights movement, was speaking about an event organised by Sinn Fein to commemorate the events of October 5, 1968 in Londonderry.

On that day, a few hundred civil rights protestors demanding electoral, housing and employment reforms assembled at Duke Street in Londonderry's Waterside. The protestors intended to walk to the Diamond in the city centre, in defiance of a banning order issued by Northern Ireland's minister of home affairs William Craig.

They were met with a baton charge by RUC officers, and the violent clashes were captured by television cameras and broadcast around the world.

Further demonstrations and counter demonstrations followed in the weeks and months ahead, and the security situation in Northern Ireland began to slip out of control as the conflict known as the Troubles took hold.

Eamonn McCann was a leading member of the Derry Housing Action Committee who had invited the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association to Londonderry for the protest.

"I think the civil rights movement had a huge effect," he said. "Many of the civil rights demands -- for a fair voting system, the abolition of the Special Powers Act, laws against discrimination in jobs, laws to ensure houses were allocated fairly -- these things were achieved in short order. They were achieved in the midst of tumult and so forth, but there is no doubt that these advances were achieved by the strategy of the civil rights movement, of people power."

Mr McCann described a planned march by Sinn Fein tomorrow as "another instance of Sinn Fein trying to hijack history".

The veteran campaigner and former People Before Profit MLA said: "I know that many people who were involved in the civil rights movement 50 years ago are deeply resentful of the fact that these people can come along, after all this time, and parade through the town as the inheritors of the civil rights tradition.

"They are no such thing. It is a march of cynicism -- cynicism and dishonesty. We've had enough distortion of history in Northern Ireland over the years.

"The winning of civil rights and equality in the north was not the aim of the long campaign of armed struggle which took over 3,000 lives. …

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