Veterans march against witch hunts
Massed ranks of former soldiers were joined by ex-Navy and RAF personnel for a march along the Mall to Parliament to show their anger at the injustice of targeting veterans of the Troubles while terrorists go free. The demonstrators first marched to Buckingham Palace where they sang God Save the Queen, then to Parliament Square. Ex-Grenadier Guardsman Roy Brinkley, 62, commented: “This is tremendous support for our cause, a tremendous turn-out.
“It’s fantastic and really heartwarming. Only by working together we will beat this injustice.”
The Daily Express Betrayal Of Our Veterans crusade has won praise from servicemen for championing their cause – but the witch hunt goes on.
This week an elderly veteran became the sixth soldier prosecuted over the Troubles. Known only as Soldier B and now in his 70s, he is accused of the murder of a 15-year-old boy and of wounding another teenager with intent in 1972.
Yet more than 500 convicted terrorists, mostly from the IRA, were freed from prison early under the Labour government’s 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
Many others were issued with official “letters of comfort” declaring they were not being pursued for murders, bombings and other offences.
Ex-soldiers are still being pursued, however.
Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has criticised the new Historical Investigations Unit handling the cases, saying: “It will achieve nothing except the misery of a few old men.
“It will serve as a terrible warning to anyone thinking of joining the services – that politics sometimes trumps justice.”
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