There were more demonstrations in London today (Sunday) calling for the release of Miss Bernadette Devlin, the Member of Parliament from Northern Ireland who is serving a prison sentence for her part in last year's riots.
CV Demonstrators carry banners & placards march through London streets.
SV Demonstrators with pro-Devlin banners (2 shots)
SV Demonstrators marching
GV Demonstrators assembled in Trafalgar Square
MV Speaker addresses demonstrators
SV Foster addresses demonstrators in Kilskeery.
GV Demonstrators (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: SPEAKER: "She did her duty as she saw it on the day, in protecting her fellow Irishmen in the Bogside. She has been punished for that, but it could have happened that the Stormont Government could have allowed her to represent her constituents here in London. As long as there are no civil rights in Northern Ireland, then there will always be people like these people on the platform, there will always be people like you people out there; this fight will go on and on and on until we will overcome; until there is civil rights in the six north-eastern counties of Ireland, and Until Ireland itself is united as a free, sovereign, independent Irish Republic".
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Background: There were more demonstrations in London today (Sunday) calling for the release of Miss Bernadette Devlin, the Member of Parliament from Northern Ireland who is serving a prison sentence for her part in last year's riots. And in Northern Ireland itself, who thousand Protestants marched through the streets of the small town of Kilskeery, despite a ban on all parades imposed last week by the Northern Ireland Government.
In London, the demonstrators marched peacefully through the streets from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square. There, they were addressed by Mr. Tom McGurk, on behalf of the Irish Civil Rights Solidarity Campaign. He gave a warning that there would be more gas attacks like last week's incident in the House of Commons. That, he said was only the beginning. Another speaker had something to say about Miss Devlin herself:
400 armed British troops and police watched the Protestant march in Kilskerry, but did not interfere. The local police superintendent said that as there was no band, and the marchers did not line up in order, he did not consider it a parade of the type the Northern Ireland Government had banned. But the leader of the march, the Rev. Ivan Foster, who is a Free Presbyterian minister, said that in his view it was a parade. "People will remember the day we broke the ban", he told the marchers. "We have proved that we are free men."