1971 – 9-11: During the internment round-up operation in west Belfast, the British parachute regiment killed eleven unarmed civilians, in what became known as ‘The Ballymurphy Massacre’.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

On Monday 9th of August 1971 Interment Without Trial was introduced by the British Government in the North of Ireland. This policy was implemented by the British Army at 4am on that particular summer morning. The British Army directed the campaign against the predominately Catholic community with the stated aim to “shock and stun the civilian population”.

Between 9th and 11th of August 1971, over 600 British soldiers entered the Ballymurphy area of west Belfast, raiding homes and rounding up men. Many, both young and old, were shot and beaten as they were dragged from their homes without reason. During this 3 day period 11 people were brutally murdered.

All 11 unarmed civilians were murdered by the British Army’s Parachute Regiment. One of the victims was a well-known parish priest and another was a 45-year-old mother of eight children. No investigations were carried out and no member of the British…

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