Several thousand people demonstrated in London on Sunday (15 August) against internment. Although the demonstration?
Several thousand people demonstrated in London on Sunday (15 August) against internment. Although the demonstration was relatively peaceful, 16 people were arrested when they tried to force their way to the Prime Minister's residence through police barricades at the entrance to Downing Street. The marchers heard speeches condemning the internment before being finally dispersed by police.
Meanwhile, a statement released by the army's public relations office in Northern Ireland gave a stern warning to rioters using petrol and nail bombs that they were liable to be shot. The army has admitted that it is not a new warning, but that it was felt the statement needed repeating. It joins a stream of declarations and warnings of written intent which have come from all quarters during and since the rioting. But whatever the army's declared policy, petrol bombers have not been running as much risk of being shot as nail bombers or gunmen. During the week, several hundred petrol bombs were hurled at soldiers in broad daylight, but none of the bombers was shot.
The army found more arms on sunday -- including a find of 34 hand grenades said to be old Territorial Army weapons. But there seems to be growing pressure in Northern Ireland for peaceful demonstrations. Various political organisations have called for mass civil disobedience in protest against the internment order given last week by Northern Ireland's Prime Minister, Mr Brian Faulkner. The people have been urged to withhold rents, rates, and gas and electricity payments in an effort to force the Government to repeal the order.