United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron has apologised to the families of the Hillsborough victims, saying: “What happened that day, and since, was wrong” during his statement to the British Parliament today, after an independent report into previously unseen documents about the tragedy on April 15, 1989. On that day, I as a Liverpool fans, via live television broadcast, watched Liverpool fans were crushed at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground just minutes after the FA Cup Semi-final between Liverpool FC and Nottingham Forest. Ninety-six of them never returned home.
It’s a long campaign from Liverpool fans and relatives of the victims to find out what actually happened on that day. Furthermore, it’s a fight for justice as there were unfounded and wilful allegations of wrongdoing of the fans. Today, the independent report proved the allegations totally untrue. Furthermore, it revealed that police had attempted to hide their own culpability and to divert the blame onto the fans.
It’s been 23 years! It’s too long and late for the facts to be revealed. It’s unfair to the victims, families of the victims and the Liverpool fans.
The television in Hong Kong stopped the satellite transmission later, several minutes were just like several hours. Maybe I could not remember exactly every screenshots of the horrible scenes, but I could still remember some horrible scenes from my deep memory. It’s not something I usually want to recall, but I never forget.
That’s why I choose to travel UK in April which may not be a very pleasant weather for overseas travellers. That’s why I choose watching the match against Aston Villa at Anfield, which was the home match immediately before April 15. That’s why I attended the Hillsborough at Anfield on April 15, 2012. April 15, since 23 years ago, is a day that I don’t want to remember but never forget.
Nothing can ever bring back the people who were lost. The report can’t help those lost their lives in a tragedy which should be avoidable. The tragedy had been extended and prolonged to the families of victims and the fans due to the deliberately covering up of the facts and evil attempts of blaming the fans.
United Kingdom Prime Minister said in the statement, “it is right for me today, as Prime Minister, to make a proper apology to the families of the 96 for all they have suffered over the past 23 years.”
The report started to amend the injustice in the past 23 years. As a Liverpool fan for near 30 years, I am not relieved but only see glimpse of some act which should be done 23 years ago.
What cannot ever be washed away is the pain and suffering of that day. No-one will ever forget it, certainly not me, that is impossible.