On the first day of the 72-hour ceasefire called for by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), people in Belfast -and throughout most of Uslter - today (Saturday) enjoyed a day of trouble-free shopping and outings.
GV Belfast street scenes - people walking around (4 shots)
MV People arriving for dog show (2 shots)
GV Soldiers on duty
SV Man being searched for arms by soldier
GVs House on fire & firemen (3 shots)
Belfast street scene; people walking around; dog-owners arriving for show; soldiers on guard & searching man for arms; firemen fighting fire at house.
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Background: On the first day of the 72-hour ceasefire called for by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), people in Belfast -and throughout most of Uslter - today (Saturday) enjoyed a day of trouble-free shopping and outings. Even the normally herd-pushed fireman of Belfast had only one call - to a house which was shouldering from a fire which had nothing to do with bombs or terrorists.
Several peaceful marches took place in other parts of Ulster and no major incidents were reported.
The IRA called the ceasefire yesterday in Dublin - in what they termed "a gesture of the sincerity of the leadership of the Republican movement to secure a lasting peace." They coupled their ceasefire with a three-point plan: 1) The immediate withdrawal of British troops from Norther Ireland; 2) The abolition of Stormont -the Northern Ireland Parliament; and 3) An amnesty for all political prisoners.
Political observers say that the British Government intends to make no official reply - but that there is no prospect of the IRA's demands being met.
SYNOPSIS: People walking peacefully in the streets of Belfast on Saturday - the first day of the 72-hour ceasefire called for by the Provisional IRA. Although there were not as many people out as there might be in cities less accustomed to bombings and other troubles, there was an air of considerable ease.
Pet lovers turned out for a dog show in the capital - where normal security measures were in force, but there was no official reaction or comment on the IRA's three-point peace plan presented with their ceasefire announcement: one - the immediate withdrawal of all British troops from Ulster; two - the abolition of Stormont, the Northern Ireland Parliament; and, three - an amnesty for all political prisoners. Meanwhile, even the firemen were called only to a non-political fire.