Hillsborough Progress – 12 September 2012

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A hopeful beginning to an end

23 years on – the bereaved families continue to fight for justice. Will the information that’s caused such prolonged heartache and distress finally be available?

We can’t comprehend the pain and suffering those families have experienced, not only have they had to deal with the loss of their loved ones, the circulation of vicious rumours suggesting the blame lies purely on those Liverpool fans, is a distraught reminder of how insensitive the media can be. The commitment and work of those families, who’ve never backed down, may finally get the breakthrough they thoroughly deserve.

A day of reckoning

12th September 2012 will undoubtedly be an emotional day for all those involved. The families will finally get access to the secret police documents to which they’ve been long campaigning for.

Yes, it will be difficult to come to terms with what’s revealed in the documents, but when sources disturbing claim a ‘tanked-up mob’ were to blame for the incident, it’s hoped the documents will reveal the truth behind those 96 deaths. I mean, how can we live in democratic society that withholds such information on a subject everyone human has the right to? It’s time the families were treated fairly.

The thoughts of that tragic day will lie with the families forever, unfortunately so will the manner in which the authorities have failed them, it’s too late for apologies but hopefully the disclosure of these long-awaited documents will provide the families with information they fought for such a period. Whether the information is good, bad or indifferent it’s vital the welfare of these families remains at the top of the agenda.

As a football fan, as a man from that area, I am keen on highlighting the importance of bringing justice to the 96.  I want to do my small bit in helping get some sense of closure to an event that should have long since been closed.

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mike6210
mike6210

I was at Villa Park watching Everton in a semi the season before...like Liverpool we were at wembley annually and the semi was par for the course.

10 mins before kick off, there were thousands outside the Halt end and the police opened the exit gates..in we tumbled, tickets intact in our pockets...the difference was the infrastructure/ lay-out of Villa Park which meant that we would all gradually go up a lot of stairs and filter into the huge terrace, a few bumps and bruises in the crush but no fatality.

I can only assume this was a common practice and for the most part worked.

I;ve known loss having been widowed 6 years ago at the age of 43 and know it never leaves.

i don't know who is to blame or who is right or wrong, i do know that there are 96 families that need closure and finality, its only then that they can move forward.

i hope they find that with the release of these 'documents' but my gut feeling is that anything offering closure just may have vanished over the course of time.

good luck to them all

Everton JFT96.

 

marcus66
marcus66

hopefully the familes of the 96 will get the justice there deserve with the more coverage and more questions asked hopefully this will be sooner rather than later jf96 YNWA

markfrankland
markfrankland

As someone who was lucky enough to survive being on the Lepping lane End that day I really appreciate your efforts. At times it is hard to have much faith in our democracy. Most of the time in fact. But when your Tweeting efforts helped force the Hillsborough issue into Parliament it gave at least a small reason for faith. Having been knocked about by the South Yorkshire police on that day and heard them call my sixty year (at the time) old dad who walks with a stick due to arthiritis called a 'Fucking Scouse Bastard' by a copper, I very much doubt if anything in the papers will come as a surprise. It is indeed disgraceful how the truth behind events like Hillsborough and Bloody Sunday can be buried for so long - basically long enough for those in charge to collect their pensions and buy their villas. For me, the reason for the outrageous behaviour of the police that day probably was to be found in the Miners Strike a few years before. That was when the South Yorkshire police were given a carte blanche to do what they liked and were paid wheelbarrow loads of overtime for doing it. The strike made them feel immune from consequences and maybe it was that mindset that did for 96 of my fellow fans. I wonder how many of those responsible are actually still alive and thereby in a position to apolosie? Not many I guess. What I really would love to see is the BBC calling a halt to giving air time on Question Time to that excuse of  a human being going by the name of Kelvin McKenzie to spout his very particular brand of poison. Anyway, enough ranting. It was fascinating when you came to Anfield last season. All the daytrippers drip fed on Sky drivel booed you because they thought it was the right thing to do. Thankfully there were many, many more who gave you the applause and the respect you deserve for your efforts to get whatever justice might be available. All the best for next season.  

darrenharrison
darrenharrison

23 years of hurts and lies .. people in the country think only Liverpool fans suffered from this tragedy but i disagree. I believe the city of Liverpool suffered on the whole with reds and blues losing realtives and friends.  September is getting nearer and i am interested to find out what kind of information they will send to the families and how much information was actually tampered with on that dreadful day.

 

I must also state a thank you Joey for raising the awareness to your followers on twitter but also by supporting the families at the house of parliments last year, My dad lost two brothers that day and along with other members of the family were pleased with how you supported the campagin as a lot of people in England only view Joey Barton as the " thug or idiot" that gets paid for kicking a ball about and dont realise the support you gave to this campagin but also others i have seen you linked with.

 

Thanks again .. Darren Harrison Liverpool.

kevinfisher33
kevinfisher33

They always say the truth will out.  Hopefully later this year the truth will out the coverups and the lies by police and government officials to save their own skin.  The biggest lies are the toughest to break.  Keep fighting and never give up in the search for answers.  Thanks to high profile people like yuo Joey for keeping this in the public domain.  Your work on Twitter pushing for people to sign the petition is appreciated by everyone.

Syd Geary
Syd Geary

It's an absolute disgrace that it's taken this long, the frustration of the families and friends involved but have been huge.

KitsilanoJoe
KitsilanoJoe

as an ole wise person once said..there are 3 sides to every story..yours, theirs and the TRUTH but hopefully this bring more closure to the families and friends of the victims vs cause them additional pain and stress to what they already have experienced

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