Troops sealed off part of Belfast last night (Saturday) after Northern Ireland Government issued a "restriction on movement" order one area of the city.
SV & CU Soldiers standing by (4 shots)
SV & CU Soldier with Crossbow and steel-tipped arrows (2 shots)
GV Soldiers charging
SV Suspects stand against wall for search (2 shots)
SV Suspect photographed with soldiers and led to van (2 shots)0.34
SV Other arrested men put into van (5 shots)
SV Girls struggle with soldiers (2 shots)
CU Officer interviewed. (SOUND ON FILM)
TRANSCRIPT: INTERVIEWER: "The residents seem to think your men were acting unnecessary roughness. What do you have to say to that?"
OFFICER: "I don't think so. If you see some of the missiles and the way in which the stones were being hurled at my soldiers and the other soldiers who were here, I think they were acting in very gentle way."
INTERVIEWER: "How real is the hatred which these people say they express for your troops?"
OFFICER: "I think at the time it is very strong. I think perhaps the soldier, when he has been hit in the face by a brick also feels the same sort of hatred."
Initials GL/PN/BB/0148 GL/PN/BB/0208
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Troops sealed off part of Belfast last night (Saturday) after Northern Ireland Government issued a "restriction on movement" order one area of the city. It was the latest stage in almost a week of sporadic street fighting in the Northern Ireland capital.
The rioting followed a familiar pattern with troops facing of missiles including steel-tipped arrows fired from a crossbow as well as bricks and stones. Parts of Crumlin-road, the boundary between Catholic and Protestant areas of the city, were barred to traffic.
The army was taking a new tough line with the rioters and fire men snatch squads charged repeatedly among them to bring out ringlanders. Three companies were involved in the operation and suspects were taken and searched. Each was photographed with the men who arrested him before being taken away. The soldiers' job made more difficult by girls who struggled with the snatch-squad.
One of the company commanders, a major, was asked to comment relations between the soldiers and the people of Belfast: