Families of the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy have gathered in the northern English city of Liverpool to celebrate Tuesday’s verdict. They were joined by a crowd of tens of thousands.
The vigil followed Tuesday’s verdict that 96 football fans were killed unlawfully in 1989, overturning the original verdict of accidental death.
“It’s been a hard, hard 27 years, but I’ll tell you this: when we were sitting in those courts for these past two years and listening to the same…[those giving testimony] coming out with the same lies to blame our [Liverpool Football Club] fans for being drunk, ticket-less, late, that tells me the system that we’ve got in this country and it needs to be changed,” said Margaret Aspinall whose 18-year-old son James died at the stadium.
Banners honouring those who died were hung from St. George’s Hall while the crowd applauded their relatives.
Liverpool Red and blue walks on… pic.twitter.com/XXuy5fMKfj— alex thomson (@alextomo) April 27, 2016
Everton and Liverpool walking together, not alone. pic.twitter.com/q3uFcnN0LR— alex thomson (@alextomo) April 27, 2016