• Short Summary

    About 1500 protesters marched through London on Sunday (July 12) calling for the release of jailed Northern Ireland Civil Rights leader Bernadette Devlin.

  • Description

    About 1500 protesters marched through London on Sunday (July 12) calling for the release of jailed Northern Ireland Civil Rights leader Bernadette Devlin.

    Northern Ireland, meanwhile, had a quiet weekend before the big Protestant Orangeman parades due on July 13, to celebrate the 280th Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. Throughout the night of 11-12 July, only a minor incident in which a celebration bonfire exploded disturbed the peace in the Protestant area of Belfast.

    The Catholic Connolly Association which organised the London march from Speakers Corner to Trafalgar Square sent a telegram to 23-year-old Bernadette Devlin, the youngest member of the British Parliament.

    It said her imprisonment was "A condemnation of the Governments that allow it".

    Miss Devlin was sentenced to six months jail last month for her part in last year's rioting in Londonderry.

    The rally also proposed a resolution calling for the immediate release of what it called "political prisoners" in Northern Ireland, including those arrested during recent arms searches by British troops.

    The previous night in Belfast and throughout Northern Ireland bonfires blazed to celebrate the 17th century victory of Protestant Ireland.

    Huge mounds of timber, old chairs and mattresses burned fiercely while crowds sang Protestant songs around them, and British troops kept a watch for possible disturbances.

    When one bonfire exploded in Belfast, they quickly sealed off roads leading to Catholic areas in case the crowd started to move that way.

    Windows were shattered, but no-one was hurt.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAANZ9OSWJXR88ZZKIB7S4SYUEG
    Media URN:
    VLVAANZ9OSWJXR88ZZKIB7S4SYUEG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/07/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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