The second anniversary of the introduction of internment was marked in Belfast on Sunday (August 12) with a violent clash between troops and protest marchers heading for the Maze prison, where any internees are being held.
GV marchers with banners coming down street
SV Pan marchers to troops manning barriers
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SV demonstrators arguing with troops (2 shots)
SV pan injured soldier walking away
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LV army firing rubber bullets at demonstrators (2 shots)
SV water cannon vehicle advancing
LV water cannon being used against rioters (2 shots)
LV troops advancing in formation against demonstrators
LV car set on fire and burning, people running away
SV demonstrators marching along in London (3 shots)
GV Police escorting marchers.
JONES: "The sixteen-mile march of several thousand people made for the Maze prison where the detainees are held. But the army had set up barriers where they approached the protestant area in Suffolk Road. Men of the Queen's Own Hussars were ready for the marchers, but despite appeals from any officers, police and their own leaders, a group of several hundred youths began throwing stones, bottles and bricks. Four soldiers were hurt as the rioting went on for an hour-and-a-half. Other soldiers moved forward and fired a couple of dozen rubber bullets, driving the crowd back to the housing estate overlooking the road. And when the armoured water cannon was brought up to dowse the more persistent. They made several sorties towards the soldiers, and the water cannon retaliated again. As the crowd began to clear, individual attackers tried their prowess..and got asked. And then the army moved line-abreast up the road with their batons and behind large shields. As an act of final defiance youths dragged a car into the middle of the road, overturned it and set it on fire."
There were also demonstrations in London to mark the anniversary. Over 600 demonstrators from Speakers' corner in London to the Temple in a peaceful protest arranged by a newly-formed organisation, Anti-Internment Ad Hoc Committee.
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Background: The second anniversary of the introduction of internment was marked in Belfast on Sunday (August 12) with a violent clash between troops and protest marchers heading for the Maze prison, where any internees are being held.
It was the largest Republican march seen in the streets of Belfast for over a year, and was organised by Provisional Sinn Fein. Thousands of demonstrators found their route from the Falls Road area to the prison spoiled by an army roadblock near the protestant Suffolk Road housing estate.
Despite attempts to disperse the crowd peacefully, groups of youths started stoning the troops, who retaliated with rubber bullets and water cannon. Several soldiers were injured in the vicious hail of stones.
B.B.C. reporter Christopher Jones sent this report from the scene of the disturbance. An alternative commentary is provided overleaf.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of marchers headed towards Maze Prison in Belfast on Sunday to protest at the second Anniversary of the introduction of internment. But roadblocks manned by troops near the protestant Suffolk Road estate thwarted their progress. Refused permission to pass the block, the demonstrators became angry and youths started throwing stones at the troops. Several soldiers were injured.
Ignoring appeals for moderation by the demonstration organisers - the Provisional Sinh Fein - the youths intensified their hail of missiles, and the troops retaliated with rubber bullets and water cannon. It was a violent climax to the largest Republican march seen in Belfast for ever a year.
Troops dispersed their attackers by Teaching in line-formation shield to shield down the road, batons drawn. But as a last not of defiance before finally ???ting, the demonstrators overturned a car and set it on fire.
In London, over six-hundred demonstrators marched from Speakers' Corner to the Temple in a peaceful protest. The demonstration, arranged by the newly-organised Anti-Interment Ad Hoc Committee, was supported by members of ???oon different groups. Relatives of Belfast internees were among the marchers.