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Hillsborough campaigner speaks out: 'Sorry is not enough'

Sheila Coleman from the Hillsborough Justice Campaign spoke to Socialist Worker in the wake of the damning report into the disaster



The most frightening thing about the Hillsborough disaster is how orchestrated the cover-up was.

On the day of the disaster, when people were lying dead in a makeshift mortuary, the cover-up was beginning.

People who are supposed to be the upholders of law and order disregarded the facts and demonised those who fought for the truth to come out. This goes beyond football. It is about what kind of society we live in.

Now there’s this idea that the fans have been vindicated so they should go away. But we’ve achieved what we have because we’ve been a thorn in the side of the establishment and because we wouldn’t go away.

Some people say you need to maintain your dignity. I think people shouting for justice are being dignified. What is undignified is remaining silent while lies and injustice are going on.

Now it seems to be the climate for apologies. It’s easy to say sorry. But words are cheap unless they’re followed by action. Sorry is not enough. We need justice.


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Tue 18 Sep 2012, 16:50 BST
Issue No. 2321
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