Bloody Sunday, 50 years on: Sinn Fein MP Francie Molloy slams British government for cover-up (E1101)
On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to Sinn Fein MP Francie Molloy ahead of the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, when the British Army’s Parachute Regiment massacred 14 people in Northern Ireland. He discusses the history of collusion between the government, the army and unionist paramilitaries in Northern Ireland in covering up atrocities, the civil rights background preluding the Bloody Sunday massacre, the British government’s refusal to prosecute anybody for the atrocities, the plan for blanket immunities from Boris Johnson’s government, the role of Frank Kitson – the British Army’s commanding officer on the day of the massacre – in bloodshed in Ireland and around the world, and much more. Finally, we speak to Terry Lynn Karl, a war crimes and human rights investigator, about the El Mozote massacre, one of the worst massacres in modern Latin American history, committed by US-backed right-wing militias during the civil war in El Salvador. She discusses the Reagan administration’s arming of the El Salvadoran army despite widespread human rights abuses and the creation of death squads, the events leading up to the massacre itself, how the US and El Salvadoran military covered up the massacre and even denied it had happened in the first place, the role in Latin American atrocities of figures such as Elliott Abrams – whose career would be revived when he became Donald Trump’s special representative for Venezuela – and much more.