Bikers from across Cyprus will on Friday take part in a ‘Rolling Thunder’ convoy to show solidarity with soldier ‘F’, a former British soldier charged with murder over Bloody Sunday.
Armed forces veterans in the UK have organised a ‘Rolling Thunder ride for Soldier F’ rally of over 4,000 bikers who will descend on London on Friday to highlight the prosecution of a 77-year-old soldier for Bloody Sunday.
Thousands of veterans and their supporters are also expected to join the convoy.
One of the participating bikers in Cyprus, Paul Carter, told the Cyprus Mail that the ride is to run in conjunction with the rolling thunder UK event.
“Thousands of bikers will descend on Parliament in the UK in support of Soldier F (decorated Dennis Hutchings) a 77-year-old former soldier accused of murdering a 27-year-old in Northern Ireland some 45 years ago. Twice he has been exonerated and now his case is at the court of appeal.”
Prosecutors recently announced that there was enough evidence to prosecute ‘Soldier F’ over Bloody Sunday in which paratroopers shot dead 13 protesters in Londonderry in 1972. Another wounded protester died later from a tumour. Hutchings served for 26 years in the Life Guards, he is seriously ill and lives in Cornwall.
The bikers will ride from Limassol to Paphos in support of Soldier F, he added, arriving at Paphos castle at midday before moving on to the Hogs Head in Paphos at around 12.30pm for food.
A number of ex-servicemen living in Cyprus have also expressed their intention to welcome the bikers at the castle to show their support of the soldier.