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Date Posted: Tue, Mar 25 2008, 20:33:38 PDT
Author: CR Vets
Subject: 1968 Register & Re-Union

PRESS RELEASE: To Derry News, Irish News & Derry Journal

Civil Rights Register and Re-union

THIS FRIDAY, April 28 at 2.30pm at the Museum of Free Derry, Glenfada Park, in the Bogside, key civil rights leaders will address a press conference. At such they will outline their plans to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the transformation of NICRA, previously a mere lobby group, into a mass movement, as a result of the dramatic events on Duke Street, on October 5th. 1968.

A co-founder of [NICRA], the N. Ireland Civil Rights Association in 1967, local author and historian, Mr. Fionnbarra O’Dochartaigh, yesterday commented: “We are building up a register of former activists, many of whom these days, forty years later, are difficult to locate. We are anxious to establish linkage with as many people as possible who were actively involved between 1968 and the bloody events of January 1972 when the movement was literally shot off the streets by the 1st Battalion of the Parachute Regiment of the British Army, even though our central focus will be from before and after October 5h 1968 until the ‘Burntollet March’ in early January 1969”.

He continued, “Our extensive commemoration programme is not being organised to simply remember “the leaders” of the civil rights movement, but above all else to enlist the active support and testimonials of rank and file people, such as the Dockers, those active in the unemployed and housing action committees, the Springtown Camp campaign, workers and factory ‘Girls’ who left their respective places of employment to defy, and make a global nonsense of William Craig’s ban, then the Minister of Home Affairs, on public marches near or inside Derry Walls, and several other pivotal events, besides. We plan to audio/visual record all our events, for a dedicated website, for our own, younger and future generations”.

Those interested in joining the 1968 register of activists and younger supporters are cordially invited to communicate with the Commemorative Committee via 028-71-286359 or e-mail rights.civil@googlemail.com.

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