• Short Summary

    NORTHERN IRELAND MOVED CLOSER TO CIVIL WAR TODAY (15 AUGUST) AS GUNFIRE RIPPED THROUGH TURBULENT AREAS OF THE PROVINCE, KILLING AT LEAST SIX PERSONS.

  • Description

    NORTHERN IRELAND MOVED CLOSER TO CIVIL WAR TODAY (15 AUGUST) AS GUNFIRE RIPPED THROUGH TURBULENT AREAS OF THE PROVINCE, KILLING AT LEAST SIX PERSONS. THE FATALITIES -- INCLUDING A NINE-YEAR-OLD BOY -- WERE THE FIRST IN FOUR DAYS OF PROTESTANT-CATHOLIC CLASHES THAT ERUPTED IN LONDONDERRY AND SPREAD TO BELFAST AND OTHER TOWNS.

    THE BATTLE-SCARRED CITY OF LONDONDERRY WAS QUIET AFTER THE ENTRY OF 300 BRITISH TROOPS LAST NIGHT ON LAW-AND-ORDER DUTIES, BUT BELFAST WAS ENGULFED IN A NIGHT OF TERROR.

    THE SIX COUNTIES FORMING ULSTER, WHICH IS LARGELY SELF-GOVERNING, ARE NOW IN THE WORST CRISIS SINCE THE BLOODY FIGHTING OF THE EARLY 1920S, WHEN THEY WERE PARTITIONED FROM THE REST OF IRELAND (NOW EIRE) AND KEPT UNDER OVERALL BRITISH CONTROL.

    IN THE PAST THREE DAYS IN THE CATHOLIC SIEGE DISTRICT OF BOGSIDE IN LONDONDERRY IT WAS PETROL BOMBS AGAINST POLICE TEAR-GAS SHELLS, BUT EARLY TODAY THE GUNS CAME OUT TO AUGMENT THE FIRE BOMBS, BRICKS AND BATONS.

    THE FIRST FATAL SHOOTING OF THE CRISIS OCCURRED IN THE TOWN OF ARMAGH. JOHN GALLAGHER, FATHER OF THREE, DIED IN HOSPITAL OF BULLET WOUNDS. HIS ASSAILANT WAS UNKNOWN BUT POLICE DENIED THEY HAD FIRED ANY SHOTS.

    POLICE IN BELFAST SAID AT LEAST THREE OTHERS, INCLUDING THE CHILD VICTIM, PATRICK ROONEY, HAD BEEN SHOT DEAD IN THE NIGHT'S VIOLENCE. THE BOY WAS STRUCK DOWN BY A BULLET FIRED THROUGH A WINDOW OF HIS HOME.

    PROTESTANTS AND CATHOLICS CLASHED IN BELFAST'S STREETS, LIT BY BURNING FACTORIES, SHOPS, AND HOMES, IN A NIGHT OF TERROR. BLAZING DEFENCE BARRICADES WERE CONSTANTLY REBUILT TO WARD OFF FRESH ATTACKS. REFUGEE FAMILIES ON BOTH SIDES FLED THROUGH CURTAINS OF FIRE FROM PETROL BOMBS TO THE PROTECTION OF THEIR REAR LINES.

    FOR THE NORTHERN IRELAND PROTESTANT UNIONIST GOVERNMENT THE SITUATION IN ULSTER IS CONSIDERED TO BE DESPERATE. THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY MOBILISED THE B-SPECIALS, A PROTESTANT-DOMINATED PARA-MILITARY VOLUNTEER POLICE FORCE ARMED WITH REVOLVERS, RIFLES, AND SUB-MACHINE GUNS. THIS 8,000-STRONG RESERVIST FORCE IS HATED BY THE CATHOLICS, AND ITS MOBILISATION -- WITH THE USE OF BRITISH TROOPS IN LONDONDERRY -- UNDERLIES THE GOVERNMENT'S DETERMINATION TO STAMP OUT THE SPREAD OF VIOLENCE.

    BUT THERE IS EQUALLY LITTLE DOUBT THAT MILITARY CATHOLICS IN THE COUNTRY'S ONE-THIRD MINORITY FEEL PROVOKED, SOME BEYOND CONTROL OF THEIR LEADERS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7MY02G8O80KD84TS5LFHQZHOY
    Media URN:
    VLVA7MY02G8O80KD84TS5LFHQZHOY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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