Fresh violence broke out in Belfast this afternoon (Sunday 27 September) when a crowd throwing stones and using a timber battering ram tried to break into an Army command post in the Protestant Shankill Road area.
GV Crowd in street
SV Troops near bus blockade.
SV Interior of bus.
SV Troops ready to fire CS gas.
LV People throwing missiles ( 2 shots)
SV Troops fire tear gas
LV Man looking out of broken windows.
SV PAN from debris to troops in street.
SV People and troops in street.
Initials PAF/PN/OS/1.36 PAF/PN/CO/1.37
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Background: Fresh violence broke out in Belfast this afternoon (Sunday 27 September) when a crowd throwing stones and using a timber battering ram tried to break into an Army command post in the Protestant Shankill Road area. Two attacks were made but thy were both driven back by British troops using CS gas. The crowd seized three buses an used them to block off streets.
The attacks came as 34 people were appearing at a special court o charges arising from last night's rioting in which one man died. Last night's fighting had finally ended shortly before 5 AM (0400 GMT) after British paratroopers had been called in to reinforce infantry and commandos battling with over 400 demonstrators on the streets. Forty-eight soldiers and 34 policemen were hurt in the fighting.
The trouble began on Saturday (26 September) as homegoing football crowds, many carrying Union Jack flags, passed blocks of flats in Roman Catholic area. They started throwing stones and troops tried to disperse them with CS gas. But the fighting soon spread and petrol bombs began to be thrown by the crowd.
In the series of running clashes between troops, police and rioters throughout Saturday and Sunday, over 700 cartridges of CS gas and 70 canisters were used as well as 22 rubber bullets.