• Short Summary

    It's just a week since the worst outbreak of violence over to hit Northern Ireland in recent years, began in Belfast.

  • Description

    1.
    SV Thornton's car inspected by troops (SOUND ON FILM)
    0.14

    2.
    GV Troops and rioters outside Springfield Road barracks
    0.35

    3.
    GV Roadside shrine to Thornton (VOICE OVER SOF)
    0.56

    4.
    Troops cordon off area and stand ready
    1.10

    5.
    Troops move into riot area
    1.38

    6.
    SV Firemen fighting fires and burning vehicles across road
    1.52

    7.
    CU Faulkner speaking (SOUND ON FILM)
    2.56

    8.
    SV Troops firing at rioters and break empty bottles
    3.04

    9.
    GV Troops clear roadblock with armoured vehicle
    3.14

    10.
    SV Pan terrace of houses on fire and people moving belongings
    4.00

    11.
    GV Tracking shot along burned out houses
    4.06

    12.
    SV People remove belongings and troops watch
    4.25

    13.
    SV Armoured cars, troops and water cannon in action against rioters in Londonderry
    4.56

    14.
    SV Troops moving in to clear terrorists and barricades from Belfast bakery
    5.00

    15.
    CU Blood on pavement
    5.08

    16.
    SV Barricade of bakery trucks
    5.10

    17.
    SV Troops clear bakery vans
    5.15

    18.
    SV Children carry away bread
    5.25

    19.
    SV Funeral of IRA man, coffin and funeral procession flanked by IRA honour guard
    5.41

    20.
    SV Troops watch
    5.44

    21.
    SV Hearse and funeral procession continues - without ???d
    5.49

    22.
    Faulkner speaks ???
    ???.19

    23.
    ??? ???mend ???ied away and demonstrators face troops
    ???.27


    TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 1): 1ST WITNESS: "I says to Louis McGuinese, that's my boss, there's a shot fired. Says he, there's not. Says I, there's a bullet hole in the door. So he jumped out".



    (SEQ. 3): 2ND WITNESS: "I fell personally that this event transcends every other that has happened in the north of Ireland over the past three years, in its tragedy and in its significance. I feel, and I'm utterly convinced in fact that no taint of guilt whatsoever can be attached to the memory of the dead man, Mr Harry Thornton".



    (SEQ. 7): FAULKNER: "It is with understandable reluctance that one uses these exceptional powers. But the organisations concerned are those which have murdered in cold blood, created situations which have led to death or injury to people quite uninvolved in disorder, maimed numerous people including young children, and put at risk the jobs and whole future of whole communities. I ask those who will quite seriously consider the use of internment powers as evil to answer honestly this question: Is it more of an evil than to allow the perpetrators of these outrages to remain at liberty. I cannot guarantee the action we have now taken will bring this campaign swiftly to an end. We may yet have to endure as a community. But if we endure with courage and steadiness, the utter defeat of terrorism is sure".



    (SEQ. 22): FAULKNER: "I am not going to move one inch beyond the present situation, let us be clear about this. The constitutional position of Northern Ireland as agreed by both the British government and the Northern Ireland government is absolutely inviolate and there is no discussion on it. But within that, within that, if anybody has anything to suggest, that will make Northern Ireland a better place in which to live, then I'll talk to those people and I don't mind who they are. But we must get peace in this community, peace is the priority and then we can chat".




    Initials SGM/1840



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: 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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5A2RU62D78V9PPIKBJ22NQDRE
    Media URN:
    VLVA5A2RU62D78V9PPIKBJ22NQDRE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/08/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:06:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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