Women and children from the Catholic New Lodge Road District of Belfast demonstrated against british troops on Sunday (2 August).
Women and children from the Catholic New Lodge Road District of Belfast demonstrated against british troops on Sunday (2 August). The protest came after three nights of rioting in the area during which an Army marksman shot dead a nineteen year old youth throwing a petrol bomb.
The women and children demonstrators surrounded an army landrover outside the headquarters of a detachment of British troops. The Landrover was finally driven back into the headquarters but not before the soldiers escorting it had been pelted with stones by the women. It was a soldier from the regiment attacked who had shot dead the nineteen-year-old youth during the night-time riots earlier int he week.
A Republican Labour MP, Mr Gerry Fitts, appealed to the women for order and said he would discuss the situation with the local Army command.
During Saturday night a bomb wrecked a telephone exchange at Newcastle Country Down--- it was the most serious of four explosions in Ulster during the night. Rioting broke out again in the Catholic New Lodge Road Area and lasted for about four hours. This time no petrol bombs were thrown.