A thirteen-day case-fire between the militant Provisional Wing of the irish Republican Army and British Army troops came to an abrupt end in Belfast, Northern ireland on Sunday (July 9) in a violent clash and shooting incident.
GV PAN Troops prepare to move in against crowds at housing estate.
SV Riot-kitted troops running forward across green.
GV Armoured car moving backwards away from advancing crowd.
GV Crowds move forward and argue with troops while furniture lorries wait to cross army barriers across road.
SV Troops firing rubber bullets at crowd, PAN TO crowds shouting.
SV Troops firing rubber bullets, PAN TO crowds retaliating with sticks and stones.
SV Injured soldier lying on ground.
SV Army marksman inside house window covering scene.
SV Woman arguing with soldier at barrier and claiming written authority to move into empty house guarded by troops.
GV Furniture lorries preparing to cross barrier.
GV ZOOM IN TO SV Lorries move forward at barricade as troops open fire. Soldiers open lorry door and scuffle ensues with driver. Armoured car forcibly move lorry back. PAN TO troops firing rubber bullets and crowd in chaos.
GV Crowds throwing missiles at soldiers, who continue firing. (2 shots)
SV Furniture lorry driver waving white rag at troops.
GV Crowds milling around and throwing stones at troops.
TROOPS FACING CATHOLIC FAMILIES TRYING TO ENTER PROTESTANT HOUSING ESTATE WITH FURNITURE LORRIES: CROWDS ADVANCING: TROOPS FIRING RUBBER BULLETS AT CROWD: CROWD THROWING STICKS AND STONES: LORRIES ATTEMPTING TO MOVE ACROSS BARRICADE: SHUNTED BACK FORCIBLY BY ARMOURED CAR: CONFRONTATION CONTINUES WITH RUBBER BULLETS AN MISSILES
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This film, shot by a Visnews camera crew and co-ordinated by journalist Sam Hall, shows the initial confrontation between the homeless families and the troops, and contains some good action coverage of the clash. The subsequent shooting incident is covered in our Production B417/72, serviced from London, 9 July 1972.
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Background: A thirteen-day case-fire between the militant Provisional Wing of the irish Republican Army and British Army troops came to an abrupt end in Belfast, Northern ireland on Sunday (July 9) in a violent clash and shooting incident. Shortly afterwards, the Provisional Wing issued a statement saying British 'occupation forces' had attacked Catholic crowds -- and both wings of the I.R.A. would resumed hostilities 'with the utmost ferocity'.
A statement from the office of Mr. William Whitelaw, the British administrator in the Province, said the shooting incident was 'clearly set up by the I.R.A. to provide a justification for a sumption of terrorist activity'.
The violence began when a group of Catholics tried to take homeless Catholic families and their furniture into employ houses in a predominantly Protestant housing estate on the edge of Belast. The estate borders a strongly Catholic, I.R.A.-controlled section of the city.
The Protestants on the estate said they would not allow the Catholics, who had been forced out of another Protestant estate, to enter the neighbourhood. Troops moved in to keep the peace, and a clash developed between them and the Catholics as the Army put up barbed wire barricades to prevent the families going into the estate.
After a thrifty-minute confrontation, in which the crowd threw missiles and the soldiers fired rubber bullets, the streets cleared and gunmen opened fire on British troops in the area.