Two thousand enraged Protestants armed with petrol and nail bombs. Paving stones and bricks massed?
Two thousand enraged Protestants armed with petrol and nail bombs. Paving stones and bricks massed in the Ballymacaret District of Belfast today. They were irate over the wounding last night of a thirteen year old boy and a man. Troops were called in to keep the demonstrators from entering a Catholic Housing area. The troops were stoned, some shop windows smashed and several people arrested before the crowd was dispersed.
The B.B.C.'s Martin Bell was on the spot.
SYNOPSIS: Two thousand Protestant demonstrators gathered on the edge of a Catholic housing estate in Belfast early today following the wounding by a sniper last night of a thirteen year old boy and man. British troops were rushed in to keep the demonstrators entering the area.
When the demonstrators started throwing stones at police and troops they moved forward with water cannons.
Police made a number of arrests. During the height of the confrontation, the demonstrators started shouting at police, "They started it, let us finish it."
Troop and police reinforcements had to be brought in when the situation looked like getting out of hand.
Troops searched nearby houses and located several arms and rounds of ammunition. One of the soldiers said later it wasn't an appreciable find, but in the present climate of Belfast, the discovery of one gun was enough.