So, 23 years after the Hillsborough disaster, the friends and loved ones of victims are to get a second chance to uncover the truth, and today the British government announced it would provide the money to ensure they get proper legal representation at new inquests.
It was at the FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989 that 96 Liverpool supporters died when a severe crush developed at the Leppings Lane end of Sheffield Wednesday’s ground. Ordering new inquests, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, said ‘deliberate misinformation’ had been disseminated about the disaster.
He expressed particular concern about the role of the police, and about false accusations that drunkenness among fans had played an important part in the tragedy. These allegations, he said, were ‘unacceptable and unfair’.
The judge also praised the victims’ families for their dogged pursuit of the truth. What a disgrace that it has taken so long for them to be heard. The story of the disaster can be found in A Disastrous History of Britain.
*A new blog about my Historia mundial de los desastres. http://historianoacademica.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/entonces-jehova-hizo-llover-sobre.html