Why did it take 27 years for ‘the truth’ to come out about the Hillsborough soccer stampede?
Nina Renata Aron
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I find this piece, while well meaning, lacking any substance or real research or understanding of what happened at Hillsborough on that day in April.
 
You fail to mention the error upon error, the negligence, made by the South Yorkshire Police and the Midlands Police (who are now undergoing criminal investigation) to protect a group of fans who simply went to watch their team play in a football game. The delay in getting ambulance staff to help those people you show being crushed to death in the image at the top of this post. Let alone the cover up after cover up and disgusting lies, deceit and shameful painting of the victims as somehow being at fault, by individuals that reached all the way up to the 3 Prime Ministers who failed to do anything about that deceit when they were in power.

Yes the Sun absolutely fuelled a hatful and uncompromising campaign against Liverpool fans, breeding generations of ignorant readership who believe the utter BS that they write day in and day out. But the sheer size of the cover up and lies that passed through and up organisations that should protect us as citizens only ignited what the Sun started into an inferno that took 27 years to quell.

The way that the victims at Hillsborough, their families, the people of Liverpool and friends of Liverpool FC have been treated is beyond atrocious and this needs to be mentioned in what you write.

There were 14 questions answered by the jury to reach the verdict of Unlawful Killing which help to outline just how the disaster unfolded at the hands of inept policing on the day:

  1. Do you agree with the following statement: On April 15 1989, 96 people died in the disaster as a result of crushing in the central pens of the Leppings Lane terrace, following the admission of a large number of supporters to the stadium through the exit gates.
    YES
  2. Was there any error or omission in police planning and preparation for the semi-final on April 15, 1989, which caused or contributed to the dangerous situation that developed on the day of the match?
    YES
  3. Was there any error or omission in policing on the day of the match which caused or contributed to a dangerous situation developing at the Leppings Lane turnstiles?
    YES
  4. Was there any error or omission by commanding officers which caused or contributed to the crush on the terrace?
    YES
  5. When the order was given to open the exit gates at the Leppings Lane end of the stadium, was there any error or omission by the commanding officers in the control box which caused or contributed to the crush on the terrace?
    YES
  6. Are you satisfied, so that you are sure, that those who died in the disaster were unlawfully killed?
    YES
  7. Was there any behaviour on the part of the football supporters which caused or contributed to the dangerous situation at the Leppings Lane turnstiles?”
    NO
  8. Were there any features of the design, construction and layout of the stadium which you consider were dangerous or defective and which caused or contributed to the disaster?
    YES
  9. Was there any error or omission in the safety certification and oversight of Hillsborough Stadium that caused or contributed to the disaster?
    YES
  10. Was there any error or omission by Sheffield Wednesday and its staff in the management of the stadium and/or preparation for the semi-final match on April 15, 1989, which caused or contributed to the dangerous situation that developed on the day of the match?
    YES
  11. Was there any error or omission by SWFC and its staff on 15 April 1989 which caused or contributed to the dangerous situation that developed at the Leppings Lane turnstiles and in the west terrace?
    NO
    (11a)
    If “no”, was there any error or omission by SWFC and its staff on 15 April 1989 which may have caused or contributed to the dangerous situation that developed at the Leppings Lane turnstiles and in the west terrace?
    YES
  12. Should Eastwood and Partners (structural engineers) have done more to detect and advise on any unsafe or unsatisfactory features of Hillsborough Stadium which caused or contributed to the disaster?
    YES
  13. After the crush in the west terrace had begun to develop, was there any error or omission by the police which caused or contributed to the loss of lives in the disaster?
    YES
  14. After the crush in the west terrace had begun to develop, was there any error or omission by the ambulance service (SYMAS) which caused or contributed to the loss of lives in the disaster?
    YES

27 years to reach a verdict is too long.

#YNWA #dontbuythesun #j96

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