On 11 March, former British army general Sir Geoffrey Howlett admitted internment without trial created a “full-blown battle”. He was giving evidence at the inquest into the killing of 10 civilians in Ballymurphy in Belfast. The killings happened between 9 and 11 August 1971.
As The Canary reported, internment meant arresting and detaining people without a court hearing. This was similar to what happened in Guantanamo Bay. Police and security services intelligence predominantly led to the internment of Irish republicans.
Varying statistics on casualties
The Canary also reported the DUP’s and Karen Bradley’s claims about killings during the conflict in Ireland. They claimed “well over 90%” of all killings were “caused by acts of terrorism”. But figures vary. And comprehensive lists can vary also.
Furthermore, allegations of collusion between British security forces and loyalist terrorists could reveal different figures.
An eleventh person who died some days later is not included in this inquest. His name was Paddy McCarthy. And he died of a heart attack after the army allegedly subjected him to a mock execution. The inquest continues in Belfast this week from 12 to 14 March.
Featured image via Flickr – Sinn Féin
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