Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Great Injustice


I try to keep this little blog of mine free of political issues ... It's my diary ... My footsteps in life
But yesterday marked a very special day for the people of my City ... After 23 years - Vindication came from a tragedy that should never have happened nor be repeated ... 

It started out one sunny day in April 1989 ... Our home team Liverpool FC were playing a cup tie match in the now famous Hillsborough stadium ... Thousands of people from my city travelled to Sheffield ... Fathers and Sons ... Mothers, Sisters and daughters ... 
96 of them never came home again ... and of the people that were there... the survivors ... their lives and countless other lives were changed forever .....

For 23 years the families of the victims have fought for truth, for justice ... using money donated to them ... whilst for 23 years the Political system and the Authorities used tax payers money to dispel and refute any responsibility for the tragedy ... Claiming the fault lay with the football fans ...
To add to the anguish of the families and survivors ... a british newspaper printed the most vile stories about the fans and the victims ... claiming it to be the truth ... I cannot even repeat the words they wrote.

Time moves on ... Government leaders change, The higher echelons of the police authorities retire ... and FINALLY an independent enquiry of experts from every conceivable area, do an in depth study of all the documents ... The result of which came out yesterday ...
The Prime Minister gave an outstanding speech ... apologising unreservedly for the gross injustice, the lies and the unbelievable cover up from the highest level which have tormented this City, the victims families and friends and not least of all the victims themselves

I listened all day to the harrowing words ... The admissions of guilt ... the apologies. Thousands of innocent men women and children were herded into a caged pen of minute proportions to the amount of people ... the doors locked behind them ... their screams ignored as many were slowly being crushed to death ... 
One of the hardest things to hear, was that more than 40 ambulances with paramedics and life saving equipment on board were held outside the ground ... not allowed to go in and offer assistance ... Had they have been let in ... more than 40 lives could have been saved ... 
The football fans themselves became the heros, the rescuers, fighting to tear down hoarding to use as stretchers ...
dragging people to the safety of the pitch ... many performing CPR ... It is only fair that I point out that of the few Police and St Johns Ambulance who were able to help ... they did so valiantly

Of just over 160 statements - 116 had been falsified / amended to remove any blame from the authorities ... The same authorities that did a police check on every victim in order to besmirch their character... that even conducted blood alcohol levels on dead children ... The authorities that refused parents permission to even hold or touch their dead children ...

The catalogue of errors and cover ups from the highest levels are beyond belief ... At Liverpool Cathedral yesterday, where a special ceremony was being held for the tragedy ... people fainted as they listened to the sheer enormity of the cover up

There are many photos on the web of the tragedy unfolding ... harrowing and disturbing ... 
But for now at least the TRUTH has come out ... Justice will hopefully follow ... 

Most importantly 
 Last night ... for the first time in 23 years .. the victims could finally 
"Rest In Peace"

~ Ros 

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