• Short Summary

    THE COMMANDER OF THE BRITISH PEACE-KEEPING TROOPS IN NORTHERN IRELAND, LIEUTENANT-GENERAL SIR IAN FREELAND, WARNED TODAY (FRIDAY, APRIL 3RD) THAT THE TROOPS WOULD SHOOT BACK IF FIRED UPON.

  • Description

    1.
    GV TROOPS MOVE FORWARD TOWARD DEMONSTRATORS
    0.10

    2.
    SG DEMONSTRATORS AND ARMY (2 SHOTS)
    0.17

    3.
    CU ARMOURED CAR MOVES IN (2 SHOTS)
    0.30

    4.
    LV EXPLOSION
    0.35

    5.
    CU & MV TROOPS DONNING MASKS AND MARCHING IN (2 SHOTS)
    0.43

    6.
    LV BOMBS ETC. EXPLODING
    0.48

    7.
    MV TROOPS RUSHING IN AND ARRESTING MEN (2 SHOTS)
    0.57

    8.
    CU SIR IAN FREELAND
    1.26


    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 8: REPORTER: HOW CLOSE HAVE YOU COME IN THE LAST THREE NIGHTS TO GIVING THE ORDER TO OPEN FIRE? HAVE YOU COME CLOSE TO IT AT ALL?



    SIR IAN: NO, I DON'T THINK SO YET, BECAUSE WE'VE COPED PRETTY SUCCESSFULLY WITH OUR CS AND SNATCH SQUAD TECHNIQUE, AND WE HAVE, OF COURSE, OTHER IDEAS UP OUR SLEEVE. I HOPE WE SHAN'T HAVE TO USE FIREARMS. THIS WOULD BE MOST REGRETTABLE AND IT WOULD BE THE VERY LAST RESORT.



    REPORTER: BUT IF YOU DID REACH THAT POINT YOU WOULDN'T HESITATE TO USE THEM?



    SIR IAN: CERTAINLY NOT, BUT IT IS THE PEOPLE THEMSELVES, OR THE TROUBLE - MAKERS, WHO WILL DECIDE THIS. IF THEY USE THEM AGAINST US THEN WE SHOULD HAVE TO USE THEM BACK. BUT WE SHAN'T USE THEN FIRST.




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    Background: THE COMMANDER OF THE BRITISH PEACE-KEEPING TROOPS IN NORTHERN IRELAND, LIEUTENANT-GENERAL SIR IAN FREELAND, WARNED TODAY (FRIDAY, APRIL 3RD) THAT THE TROOPS WOULD SHOOT BACK IF FIRED UPON.

    THE WARNING CAME AFTER THE THIRD NIGHT OF VIOLENCE IN BELFAST AND THE SECOND SUCCESSIVE NIGHT IN WHICH THE TROOPS HAD USED CS GAS TO DISPERSE HOSTILE CROWDS.

    THE TROUBLE BEGAN WHEN SOME 400 CATHOLIC YOUTHS STATED HURLING STONES, BOTTLES AND PETROL BOMBS AT THE TROOPS. THE TROOPS RETALIATED WITH CS GAS.

    AS THE YOUTHS RETREATED FORM THE GAS, SPECIAL ARMY SQUADS CALLED SNATCH SQUADS, CLAD IN STEEL HELMETS AND BULLET PROOF VESTS, WENT AFTER THEM. BY THE TIME THE CLASH WAS OVER 21 ARRESTS HAD BEEN MADE, BUT UNLIKE THE PREVIOUS NIGHTS, WHEN MORE THAN 40 TROOPS WERE INJURED ONLY ONE SOLDIER HAD BEEN HURT.

    THE FIGHTING WAS AGAIN THE BALLYMURPHY HOUSING ESTATE, WHICH IS PREDOMINANTLY CATHOLIC. AS THE FIGHTING FLARED, TROOPS AND ARMOURED CARS WERE RUSHED IN TO SEAL OFF THE AREA AN PREVENT PROTESTANTS FROM JOINING IN THE FRAY. BY THE TIME THE SITUATION WAS BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL THERE WERE MORE THAN 600 TROOPS IN THE AREA.

    TODAY (FRIDAY) IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT ANOTHER 500 TROOPS WOULD BE SENT TO NORTHERN IRELAND, BRINGING THE TOTAL OR BRITISH TROOPS TO SOME 7,000.

    SIR IAN WAS ASKED WHETHER THE TROOPS WOULD OPEN FIRE IF THE TROUBLE PERSISTED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3VQ25BNCNQX23ZC3ELCYXT94L
    Media URN:
    VLVA3VQ25BNCNQX23ZC3ELCYXT94L
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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