About 200 demonstrators from a group calling itself the "Aid to Northern Ireland Committee" took part in a protest near the United Nations on Saturday (24 February).
LV PAN Demonstrators with flags outside U.N. building
SV Demonstrators with banners marching
SV Banner and CU signs (2 shots)
SV Protestors march with placards
SCU Koch speaks:
"You don't have to be...."
"...got to be stopped." (CHEERING)
"You don't have to be Irish to love freedom and I want to help those people who are being persecuted in Northern Ireland. There's no question that Catholics are being persecuted in Northern Ireland and we've got to come to their assistance. It is an outrage that American money would be spent on training British troops that will be used in persecuting Northern Ireland Catholics. That's an outrage that has got to be stopped."
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Background: About 200 demonstrators from a group calling itself the "Aid to Northern Ireland Committee" took part in a protest near the United Nations on Saturday (24 February).
They marched around Dag Hammarskjoeld Plaza, carrying placards and signs, and heard an address by a U.S. Congressman, Edward Koch.
He said he backed the movement and deplored the training of British marines in the United States. They would later be used in Northern Ireland, he said.
The leader of the Aid to Northern Ireland Committee, Michael Flanigan, charged the U.S. and Britain with "collaborating" by training Royal Marines at Campe le Jeune in North Carolina.