• Short Summary

    Rioting broke out in Northern Ireland on Friday night (26 June) after Bernadette Devlin, the heroine of Ulster's Catholic minority, was arrested and taken to prison.

  • Description

    Rioting broke out in Northern Ireland on Friday night (26 June) after Bernadette Devlin, the heroine of Ulster's Catholic minority, was arrested and taken to prison.

    She had been on her way to give herself up to police in Londonderry after being refused leave to appeal to the House of Lords against a six-month prison sentence. It was imposed on her for her part in last summer's bloody riots between Catholics and protestants in the Bogside area of Londonderry.

    Miss Devlin, at 23 the youngest member of the British House of Commons, had arranged to speak at a meeting in the Bogside area before going to jail. The trouble began when the huge crowd that had gathered to hear her learned that police had intercepted her car five miles from the city.

    The crowd turned on police and British peacekeeping troops with a barrage of stones, bricks, bottles and Molotov cocktails. The battle raged for eight hours as the soldiers counter-attacked with tear-gas and truncheons.

    By down the fighting had died out but there were scores of casualties on both sides. Early today (27 June) a ring of armed troops tightened its hold on the catholic enclave of Bogside in the hope of preventing more rioting over the weekend.

    SYNOPSIS: In Northern Ireland there's been more violence over the weekend following the surprise arrest of Bernadette Devlin, the heroine of the country's Catholic minority. The trouble began in the Bogside area of Londonderry, the scene of some of the bloodiest fighting in last summer's religious riots. Miss Devlin was on her way to give herself up to the police after she had been refused leave to appeal against a six-month prison sentence for her part in last year's riots.

    But she had promised to speak at a meeting in Bogside before surrendering to the authorities. The fighting broke out when the crowd learned that police had intercepted her car about five miles outside the city and had taken her straight to jail.

    The angry crowd hurled stones, bricks, bottles and Molotov cocktails at British peace-keeping troops.

    The battle raged for eight hours as the soldiers counter-attacked with tear-gas and truncheons.

    At dusk the streets of Bogside were dotted with small fires started by Molotov cocktails. Early Saturday a ring of armed troops tightened its hold on the area in the hope of preventing more rioting.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADMMME49SQORO7OFNE6DY54FD4
    Media URN:
    VLVADMMME49SQORO7OFNE6DY54FD4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/06/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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