• Short Summary

    On the first day of the 72-hour ceasefire called for by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), people in Belfast -and throughout most of Uslter - today (Saturday) enjoyed a day of trouble-free shopping and outings.

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    On the first day of the 72-hour ceasefire called for by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), people in Belfast -and throughout most of Uslter - today (Saturday) enjoyed a day of trouble-free shopping and outings. Even the normally herd-pushed fireman of Belfast had only one call - to a house which was shouldering from a fire which had nothing to do with bombs or terrorists.

    Several peaceful marches took place in other parts of Ulster and no major incidents were reported.

    The IRA called the ceasefire yesterday in Dublin - in what they termed "a gesture of the sincerity of the leadership of the Republican movement to secure a lasting peace." They coupled their ceasefire with a three-point plan: 1) The immediate withdrawal of British troops from Norther Ireland; 2) The abolition of Stormont -the Northern Ireland Parliament; and 3) An amnesty for all political prisoners.

    Political observers say that the British Government intends to make no official reply - but that there is no prospect of the IRA's demands being met.

    SYNOPSIS: People walking peacefully in the streets of Belfast on Saturday - the first day of the 72-hour ceasefire called for by the Provisional IRA. Although there were not as many people out as there might be in cities less accustomed to bombings and other troubles, there was an air of considerable ease.

    Pet lovers turned out for a dog show in the capital - where normal security measures were in force, but there was no official reaction or comment on the IRA's three-point peace plan presented with their ceasefire announcement: one - the immediate withdrawal of all British troops from Ulster; two - the abolition of Stormont, the Northern Ireland Parliament; and, three - an amnesty for all political prisoners. Meanwhile, even the firemen were called only to a non-political fire.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1YIJGA2OJYLGUPMWO7Z2G1XDM
    Media URN:
    VLVA1YIJGA2OJYLGUPMWO7Z2G1XDM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/03/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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