Patrolling British troops faced open hostility and violence from militant Ulster loyalists on Friday (8 September) after two protestants had died the previous night in a gunbattle between U.
SV PAN Paratroopers in Landrovers through crowds of protestant women (2 shots)
SV & GV Women & troops in confrontation (2 shots)
SCU Injured woman helped by police
GV Houses TILT DOWN TO bullet hole in drum
SCU Man points at bullet holes on wall
SCU Damaged window
CU ZOOM BACK TO SV Bullet hole & broken car wind-screen
CU ZOOM BACK TO SV Woman with 4 bullets
SCU Woman being interviewed
SCU Male observer speaks (indistinct)
SCU Col. Wilford interviewed
SULLIVAN: "The paratroopers ran into a body of women who were protesting at last night's shootings in the Shankill Road area. In a matter of seconds three Landrovers full of soldiers were fighting off the fury of the Protestant population. And the army's relations with Belfast protestants suffers a dangerous and serious setback. In this short but savage incident an elderly woman was hit in the face. The army says it fought off rioters and gunmen in the narrow streets off protestant Shankill Road last night. But the Ulster Defence Association denies attacking, and has called the paratroopers sadists and murderers. Local people insist that the soldiers went berserk, shooting at car drivers caught up in the fighting who didn't turn off their headlights quickly enough. Their bitterness is directed at paratroopers specifically. And many were scared to voice their sympathy with other soldiers.
WOMAN PROTESTANT: And the talk of them was...(indistinct)..I really was because I have every respect for the British army...(indistinct interview follows with man talking about 'indiscriminate firing by British soldiers').
LT.COL. DEREK WILFORD (of PARATROOPERS): We came under bottles and stoning, and were attacked by about 80 people. And as we dispersed them we came under fire from about six positions.
SULLIVAN Who were those people?
WILFORD: Well, they were recognisable as UDA. They were certainly wearing uniforms. One even had the insignia of Captain.
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Background: Patrolling British troops faced open hostility and violence from militant Ulster loyalists on Friday (8 September) after two protestants had died the previous night in a gunbattle between U.D.A. (Ulster Defence Association) members and the army.
Several other civilians were wounded in the two-hour battle around the Protestant Shankill Road area. U.D.A. leaders denounced the men of the Parachute Regiment as "Gun-happy louts" and demanded an immediate inquiry.
The Protestants energetically refuted reports by the British army that they opened fire first, and accused the soldiers of firing indiscriminately on unarmed civilians and innocent bystanders.
B.B.C. reporter Michael Sullivan reports from the scene (an alternative is provided: