INTRODUCTION: Irish guerrillas have threatened to launch repeated attacks after blowing up five British soldiers with the biggest landmine ever used in Northern Ireland.
SV Notice on wall referring to wounded girl PAN TO women in street speaking.
CU STILL Photograph of girl who was wounded.
GV Demonstrators throwing petrol and acid bombs at British troops at night in Belfast.
GV Troops taking cover and running in street with riot shields. (2 SHOTS)
SV Police outside polling station.
SCU Soldier and policeman looking through barred window.
CU Man entering polling station.
GV People outside polling station as people enter and leave.
SV PAN FRANCE: (MUTE) Investigators look through wreckage of ICL office in Toulouse.
CU ICL sign.
SV PANS Building with damaged walls and windows. (2 SHOTS)
SV Workers carrying stock in boxes from building.
SV Wrecked wall and debris.
SV PAN Sign scrawled in French, saying British Power in Ireland Kills.
SV PAN Damaged building with broken windows.
SV Damaged office computer equipment. (2 SHOTS)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 1: BUERK: "Tension in the province remains high. People on Belfast's Twinbrook estate were out today broadcasting attacks on the army, blaming soldiers for the severe head injuries inflicted on an 11-year-old girl, Carol Ann Kelly. Local people say the injuries were caused by a plastic bullet, before the rioting that broke out across the estate in the early hours. The police say the incident happened during the violence, while the army were being bombed and stoned in their attempts to secure a school at the centre of the estate. The girl is still seriously ill in hospital.
"Throughout it all, Ulster has been going to the polls in local elections that are the first real test of the political mood of the province since the hunger strikes began. The results, due tomorrow and Friday, will show if the deaths and the recent violence have polarised this already divided community still further."
PART EUROVISION TELERECORDING
REPORTER: MICHAEL BUERK
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: INTRODUCTION: Irish guerrillas have threatened to launch repeated attacks after blowing up five British soldiers with the biggest landmine ever used in Northern Ireland. The outlawed Irish Republican Army (IRA) said Tuesday's (19 May) bomb blast which scattered wreckage of a nine-tonne armoured car for hundreds of metres (yards) was a reprisal for the British government's refusal to grant the demand of jailed guerrillas on hunger strike for political prisoner status. The people of Northern Ireland voted in local elections on Wednesday (20 May), and the BBC's Buerk says the results strengthen the position of hardliners on both sides of the province's religious divide.
SYNOPSIS: The violence of Northern Ireland found its way to France on Wednesday, with the terrorist bombing of a British-based computer company. The office in Toulousse, is a wholly French-owned subsidiary of ICL, but the explosion occurred before staff had arrived and no one was hurt.
Workers spent the day salvaging boxes of computer tapes and other valuable equipment from the severely damaged offices.
Daubed in French on an outside wall of ICL-France were the words which translated say "British Power in Ireland Kills". A similar slogan was painted on the wall of a Toulouse warehouse owned by the British tyre firm, Dunlop. That warehouse was damaged by a bomb early this month. No one has claimed responsibility for the ICL attack.