• Short Summary

    BRITISH TROOPS HAVE BEEN SENT INTO LONDONDERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND, AFTER A WEEKEND OF RIOTING WHICH FOLLOWED THE TRADITIONAL PROTESTANT ORANGE LODGE MARCH ON JULY 12.

  • Description

    BRITISH TROOPS HAVE BEEN SENT INTO LONDONDERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND, AFTER A WEEKEND OF RIOTING WHICH FOLLOWED THE TRADITIONAL PROTESTANT ORANGE LODGE MARCH ON JULY 12.

    THE MARCH COMMEMORATES THE 'GLORIOUS 12TH OF JULY', 1690, WHEN WILLIAM OF ORANGE DEFEATED THE CATHOLIC KING JAMES II AT THE BATTLE OF THE BOYNE, AND THUS 'SAVED' THE PROTESTANT CAUSE IN NORTHERN IRELAND.

    IT AROUSES ANTAGONISM FROM THE CATHOLIC ELEMENTS EVERY YEAR. BUT THIS YEAR, MORE THAN USUAL TROUBLE WAS EXPECTED WHEN THE LIFE-BANDS AND BANNERS OF THE LODGES MADE THEIR APPEARANCE IN THE DERRY STREETS.

    BY MONDAY (14 JULY) MORNING, 29 POLICEMEN AND 22 CIVILIANS HAD BEEN INJURED, AND SEVENTEEN PEOPLE HAD BEEN ARRESTED. TWO OF THE INJURED SUFFERED FROM BULLET WOUNDS. A SQUAD OF POLICE HAD BEEN FORCED TO FIRE INTO THE AIR AFTER A STONE-THROWING MOB TRAPPED THEM IN A CUL-DE-SAC ON SUNDAY NIGHT.

    SCUFFLES BEGAN IN THE STREETS ON SATURDAY AS THE MARCH BROKE UP, AND SOON FULL-SCALE STREET-BATTLES WERE IN PROGRESS, PROTESTANTS LAYING ABOUT THEM WITH BATONS AND MACES THEY HAD EARLIER USED IN THE PARADE.

    THE WORST FIGHTING HAS TAKEN PLACE IN WILLIAM STREET, AND THE PREDOMINANTLY CATHOLIC AREA OF BOGSIDE. LOOTING AND ARSON CAME QUICKLY IN THE WAKE OF THE FIGHTING. HUNDREDS OF FIRE BOMBS WERE USED BY THE RIOTERS, THROWN FROM BEHIND HASTILY ERECTED BARRICADES AND OVERTURNED CARS. GANGS OF YOUTHS SMASHED WINDOWS AND SHOP FRONTS. SOME OF THE FIRE BOMBS BURNED OUT THE FORMER ELECTION HEADQUARTERS OF DERRY M.P. JOHN HUME, IRONICALLY, ADVOCATE OF NON-VIOLENCE.

    RIOTERS TORE ROCKS FROM WALLS AND SYSTEMATICALLY BROKE THEM UP INTO MISSILE-SIZE PIECES.

    THE POLICE SUFFERED FROM BOTH SIDES. AT DUNGIVEN, NEAR LONDONDERRY, A MOB TRAPPED POLICE IN A HALL AND MADE TWO UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPTS TO SET FIRE TO THE BUILDING.

    BY MONDAY EVENING, THE LONDONDERRY POLICE HAD BROUGHT IN REINFORCEMENTS, AND BATON-CARRYING SPECIAL CONSTABLES HAD BEEN DEPLOYED TO AID THE ARMED REGULARS. ARMOURED CARS WERE PATROLLING THE STREETS, WHICH HAVE, SAY POLICE, SUFFERED THE WORST DAMAGE IN DERRY'S HISTORY AND WATER CANNONS STOOD READY TO THROW BACK THE NEXT WAVE OF RIOTERS. BUT AS THE POLICE NUMBERS HAVE GROWN, SO HAVE THE NUMBER OF RIOTERS. NORTHERN IRELAND'S PRIME MINISTER, MAJOR JAMES CHICHESTER CLARK HAS PROMISED STERN MEASURED TO RESTORE PEACE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2IHY8BZFL1585YCDDHZS3BPVI
    Media URN:
    VLVA2IHY8BZFL1585YCDDHZS3BPVI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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