Some 20,000 Irish Catholics and supporters of the Civil Rights Association avoided the feared confrontation with British troops as an illegal protest march passed off peacefully.
SV Army lorry with timber to build barricade
SV Soldiers erect barricade (2 shots)
SV Soldiers with blackened faces stand by armoured cars (2 shots)
SV PAN Police behind barricades & local people watch (2 shots)
SV March organiser speaks (SOF)
SV Marchers raise hands
SV Marchers in procession with placards(3 shots)
SV Army helicopter overhead
SV Marchers along road & into housing estate
SV People watching from windows
GTV Marchers inside estate(6 shots)
CV Organiser speaks to reporter(SOF)
GTV PAN Marchers assembled
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: ORGANISER: "We ask you, by raising one hand, to show, do you agree, that this demonstration must be non-violent despite any provocation. If you do, raise your hand."
Another of the organisers later spoke to a reporter of the American National Broadcasting Company about the significance of the demonstration.
ORGANISER: "I think we don't need any more marches after this one today. We have demonstrated that we can march peacefully, that our demands are peaceful, we've demonstrated above all, that the lie -- the lie which Faulkner and Heath have been trying to give to the people, the lie is this -- that the struggle in the north is between the British Army and the I.R.A. (Irish Republican Army), this is not the case. The struggle in the north is the struggle of the mass of the people who are disaffected by the Unionist system and want to see it ended once and for all."
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Background: Some 20,000 Irish Catholics and supporters of the Civil Rights Association avoided the feared confrontation with British troops as an illegal protest march passed off peacefully. The organisers of the march altered the route and, instead of going for the centre of Newry - only about five miles(eight kms) from the border with the Irish Republic -- which was sealed off by troops and police, the protesters paraded around a housing estate which was their rallying point.
A march organiser called on the demonstrators to agree to a non-violent protest.