Troops in armoured cars were under seige in the streets of Belfast on Monday, (28th September) being pelted with stones, bottles and bricks by some 3,000 rioters in a big new outbreak of violence.
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Background: Troops in armoured cars were under seige in the streets of Belfast on Monday, (28th September) being pelted with stones, bottles and bricks by some 3,000 rioters in a big new outbreak of violence.
The trouble began on Saturday (26 September), when crowds attacked the Catholic-occupied Unity flats, and an army headquarters named Snugville street, just off the Protestant Shankhill road.
Mean of the 1st Battalion, the King's Own Regiment, who have been in the British Province only a month, have been protecting themselves under siege by the rioters ever since, taking refuge in their military vehicles and behind anti-riot shields.
It has been the policy of their commanders not to clean up the riot quickly by strong-arm methods, as the soldiers could easily do. Instead they have practised restraint.
Troops fired rubber bullets and C S gas at the stone-throwing youths. Over 60 soldiers and 39 policemen were reported hurt. A medical orderly was shot in the leg, and security authorities said there were 47 arrests.
Catholics did not figure in Monday's rioting. The nearest Catholic group was under strong military guard in some blocks of flats.
But the weekend's violence saw the worst fighting in Northern Ireland for nearly a year.