The season of parades has begun in Northern Ireland, and with it the danger of fresh outbreaks of communal violence.
The season of parades has begun in Northern Ireland, and with it the danger of fresh outbreaks of communal violence. Today (11 April) it was the turn of republican sympathisers to March, in commemoration of the Dublin Easter Rising of 1916, the event which started the southern part of the country on the road to independence.
The parades, which took place all over the province, were sanctioned by the Northern Ireland Government. Most passed off peacefully, but in Londonderry there was a violent clash between British troops and youths in the Catholic Bogside district, scene of fierce communal fighting in the past.
Nine soldiers were injured by stones, bricks and paving slabs. They fired some rubber bullets in retaliation, but nobody was believed seriously hurt.
This film shows dramatic scenes of the troops being bombarded by stones and has excellent natural sound. It was shot by a National Broadcasting Company crew.