19 September 2018
DUP East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell and Foyle DUP MLA Gary Middleton are hosting an event to relate a balanced and accurate picture of events surrounding the 50th anniversary of the commencement of the 1968 Civil Rights demonstrations next month.
DUP Spokesman on International Development and Cabinet Office
Commenting ahead of the event Mr Campbell said,
“Nationalists and Republicans are holding events to mark this occasion. These offer a very biased and one-sided commentary on those times. We want to give a more balanced and accurate picture of events around that momentous period. We will hear first hand accounts of how protestants were forced from their homes in those days.
1968/69 saw the start of what is often called 'The Troubles'. During that time there was a massive movement of the Unionist population, much of it due to intimidation and terror, from the West Bank of Londonderry across the River Foyle to the East Bank and further afield.
The event, on Thursday 27th September will be the screening of a documentary which will reflect the views of local people, churches, community groups and political figures as they saw it in the 1980s.”
Mr Middleton said,
“As a child of the 90s, I appreciate the importance of hearing the accounts of people who were forced from their homes in the West Bank. Whilst there are still bouts of trouble in the City, it does not compare to the intimidation suffered by unionists living fifty years ago.
This event is about ensuring there is no rewriting of the past. It is about ensuring this generation learns from the past. It will be a good the opportunity for everyone to give their views on what happened at that time in our history.
The evening will consist of the film, then a short Q & A with some of those who took part and suffered as a result of what is sometimes called 'The Exodus'.”