It's just a week since the worst outbreak of violence over to hit Northern Ireland in recent years, began in Belfast.
It's just a week since the worst outbreak of violence over to hit Northern Ireland in recent years, began in Belfast. Since the death, last Saturday (August 7) of workman, Harry Thornton, Northern Ireland has erupted into a battlefield. Thornton was shot dead by an army sentry as his car passed the Springfield Road army barracks in Belfast. Reports surrounding his heath vary The British Army claim the sentry fired after shots had come from Thornton's car. Thornton's friends claim the vehicle simply backfired.
For two nights and a day, Belfast simmered. Street riots erupted and troup??? faced a hail of bottles and stones. The riots were similar in style -- but f??? more violent in content -- to many in Belfast and Londonderry in the past year
Then, on Monday (August 9) Northern Ireland Prime Minister, Brian Faulkner dropped the bombshell. He announced the immediate imposition of internment, without trial, of all suspected members and sympathisers of the outlawed Irish Republican Army.
Immediately the two main cities in Northern Ireland -- Belfast and Londonderry -- exploded with the full fury of violence. Petrol bombs joined the hail of missiles directed at the British soldiers by the demonstrators. The riots were the most violent seen in the province for the last three years The death toll rapidly climbed towards the twenty mark as the rioters and troops battled it out on the streets of the two cities. Hundreds were injured and houses and businesses were destroyed in the fighting.
Then, the terrorist gunmen took to the streets. The army faced a hail of bullets as they tried to restore peace and order to the troubled province. At last reports, the security forces were reported to be increasing their gri??? on the two communities.
Since the troubles started Visnews has serviced regular telerecorded coverage of the fighting. This compilation of the events of the last week is from original film coverage. The sequence showing soldiers examining Thornton van carries an underlay interview with two of the dead man's friends.