Police arrested 28 people on Sunday (June 28th) after clashes with Irish demonstrators who were holding a protest march against the jailing of Catholic M.
Police arrested 28 people on Sunday (June 28th) after clashes with Irish demonstrators who were holding a protest march against the jailing of Catholic M.P. Miss Bernadette Devlin. The trouble broke out when about 800 demonstrators tried to storm the closed London offices of the Northern Ireland government and were held back by hundreds of policemen backed by mounted men.
Chanting "Free Bernadette", the demonstrators had earlier marched to 10, Downing Street, the official residence of Prime Minister Edward Heath. There they were turned away by police. Mr. Heath was at his official country home, Chequers, in Buckinghamshire, about 30 miles (48 kms) away where he was in consultation with Home Secretary Reginald Maulding and Defence Secretary Lord Carrington.
When the fighting broke pout in front of the Ulster offices demonstrators used banner poles as weapons. The police seized a large tricolour flag of the Irish Republic when demonstrators used its pole in an attempt to break the security cordon around the offices and several men were dragged behind the police lines.
Six policemen were hurt, two of whom were taken to hospital.
Charges against the 28 people arrested ranged from assaulting the police to wilful obstruction; all 28 will appear in court on Monday. (June 29).
Miss Devlin, at 23, Britain's youngest member of Parliament, was taken to prison on Friday after a Belfast High Court denied her appeal against a six-months sentence for her part in last August's rioting in Londonderry.