INTRODUCTION: Northern Ireland, rioting broke out on Wednesday (8 July) following the death of an IRA hunger striker in the Maze Prison outside Belfast.
GVs Marchers in Belfast, with pictures of republican heroes (3 shots)
SV Man painting McDonnell's name next to Sands' and Hughes' on wall (2 shots)
GV Flags and crowd outside McDonnell's home
GVs & SVs Burning trucks in streets (3 shots)
GV PAN Youths throwing stones at armoured vehicles
GV ZOOM IN Burning truck
SV Youths stealing milk bottles from milk truck
SV PAN Armoured vehicles along street, one with fires on top from petrol bombs
GV Youths on street with burning bus
GV PAN Troops running down street
SCU TRACKING SHOT McDonnell's wife into car
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Northern Ireland, rioting broke out on Wednesday (8 July) following the death of an IRA hunger striker in the Maze Prison outside Belfast. During the riot a youth died and several people were hurt. Joseph McDonnell, the hunger striker, died after 61 days of self-starvation. His death came as political moves continued to try to end the crisis.
SYNOPSIS: Joseph McDonnell was the fifth Irish Republican hunger striker to die. He was a close friend of the first, Bobby Sands, and was arrested with him after a fire bomb attack in Belfast in 1976. After his death, his name was added to a list of republican heroes -- among them Sands and another hunger striker who died, Francis Hughes. After the death, early on Wednesday, mourners flocked to the McDonnell home, where the Irish Republican flag was unfurled.
Elsewhere, the reaction was different. Crowds of youths hijacked trucks and set them on fire. The flaming vehicles provided barricades that blocked traffic on several roads in Catholic areas of Belfast. Smoke filled the streets.
The security forces responded with patrols of armoured vehicles through Catholic areas. Youths hurled stones as the vehicles sped by....
Later a milk van was hijacked, and bottles stolen to make petrol bombs. These were hurled at armoured vehicles. During the rioting a youth was shot dead. The authorities had been expecting trouble as the inevitability of McDonnell's death grew. Security forces in Belfast had been reinforced. After the death, Provisional Sinn Fein vowed to continue their fight, which is for special treatment for republicans in Northern Ireland prisons.
There are seven men in prison at present refusing food. They are expected to start dying in a week if the hunger strike continues. McDonnell died only hours before the British government was due to send an official to speak to the hunger strikers -- in a new attempt to end the crisis. McDonnell's wife was at her husband's side when he died. She was later comforted by priests.