Miss Bernadette Devlin, the 24-year-old Northern Irish representative for Mid-Ulster in Britain's Parliament, said today (July 13) she will organise a "people's tribunal on the recent killing of two civilians in Northern Ireland.
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REPORTER: "What in fact would your attitude have been had those two men who where shot by the soldiers in fact used those firearms and instead two British soldiers had been killed?
MISS DEVLIN: "My attitude would have been what it has been all through the disturbances in Northern Ireland to the fighting in Northern Ireland--that as soon as the British Army was moved in the escalation of violence was bound to happen, because the Westminster Government, the Stormont Government were imposing a military solution on a political and economic problem. Armies are trained to shoot. Armies are not there to solve political problems. and therefore while the Army remains as the only solution soldiers will continue to be shot; civilians will continue to be shot; and there will be no solution to the problem. That is an entirely different matter from a particular case that two people who may have been wrongfully shot and the Ministry of Defence refusing to answering the question as to whether or not the two people were wrongfully shot."
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Background: Miss Bernadette Devlin, the 24-year-old Northern Irish representative for Mid-Ulster in Britain's Parliament, said today (July 13) she will organise a "people's tribunal on the recent killing of two civilians in Northern Ireland. They were shot by British troops stationed there. Earlier, the British Government refused to hold an official public inquiry, saying that the Army's account of the shootings was sufficient. The Army claimed that the two men had been armed and were attacking British troops. In Northern Ireland, meanwhile, two soldiers were killed yesterday and today. The incidents are believed to be in reprisal for the death of the civilians last week. This film, showing an interview with Miss Devlin in London today, is by the British Broadcasting Corporation.