DUP to air '˜balanced and accurate' civil rights documentary

The DUP has organised an event next week to 'relate a balanced and accurate picture' of the 1968 civil rights demonstrations.

Thursday, 20th September 2018, 1:02 am
Updated Thursday, 20th September 2018, 1:18 am
East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell

East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell said the event will counteract nationalist and republican events to mark the 50th anniversary of the demonstration which offered a “very biased and one-sided commentary”.

Along with Foyle MLA Gary Middleton, Mr Campbell will be screening a documentary entitled ‘Civil Rights – Righting The Wrongs’ on Thursday, September 27 at 7.30pm in the White Horse Hotel in Campsie, Co Tyrone.

Mr Campbell said: “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 documentary] will reflect the views of local people, churches, community groups and political figures as they saw it in the 1980s.”