Bloody Sunday Rally
By Jeremy Hawthorn 16/8/2011
Over 100 people gathered on St George's Plateau on Saturday 13th August to mark the 100th anniversary of Liverpool's Bloody Sunday. The rally was called by Liverpool Trades Council.
The meeting was opened by Liverpool Socialist Singers' rendering of Power in a Union and local singer Alun Parry's tribute to the Limerick Soviet.
Ritchie Hunter, for the Trades Council and Nerve magazine, then related the events of Bloody Sunday. Over 80,000 people had demonstrated peacefully on the plateau as a critical time during the city's transport strikes. They had been attacked by police who rampaged out of Lime Street Station. Troops positioned in St George's Hall had also come out to join in breaking up the rally.
More than 180 people had been taken to hospital. Two days later two men had been shot by soldiers on Vauxhall Road.
Ritchie then introduced 'someone who was there at the time' (played by Carl John of Dingle Community Theatre - photo right). Carl recited the 'Don't Shoot' leaflet that was written in August 1911. The leaflet was a message to soldiers, urging them not to open fire and kill civilians. "Our fight is your fight," the leaflet said, "Think things out and refuse any longer to murder your kindred."
To close the rally the Socialist Singers led the crowd in singing the Internationale.
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