Thousands of veterans took to the streets today to express their solidarity with ‘Soldier F’. ‘Soldier F’ is one of six Northern Ireland veterans currently facing prosecution over deaths that occured on ‘Bloody Sunday’ at the height of the ‘Troubles’ in 1972.
Rallies were held in Glasgow, Cardiff, Bristol, Northern Ireland and also outside Broadcasting House in London and Media City in Salford as Veterans targeted the mainstream media. In Salford, protestors chanted “hear our voice” and “shame on you” as they targeted media outlets reluctant to publicise their cause.
Earlier this week, Penny Mordaunt, Defence Secretary, announced stronger legal protection for British soldiers which aim to avoid “repeated and unfair investigations” but those who served in Northern Ireland were excluded from the proposals, a move which angered former serviceman Wayne Stockwell:
“Ex service-personnel didn’t ask to go to Northern Ireland, they were sent there, following orders. So if anything, the government was to blame, not the individual soldier.”
UKIP leader Gerard Batten MEP attended the rally outside the BBC’s Broadcasting House.