A 24-hour strike by militant Protestants resulted in demonstrations, clashes with police and occasional gunfire in Belfast, the Northern Ireland capital on Wednesday (February 7).
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Background: A 24-hour strike by militant Protestants resulted in demonstrations, clashes with police and occasional gunfire in Belfast, the Northern Ireland capital on Wednesday (February 7).
The strike brought most of Northern Ireland's commercial and industrial life to a standstill. Power cuts had wide affect as electricity workers joined in. Only one-third of Ulster's electrical capacity was generated and some industries not affected by workers staying away had to close because of the lack of power.
Some demonstrations were peaceful, under the control of uniformed members of the Ulster Defence Association and Orange volunteers.
Elsewhere, violence erupted. Crowds tried to hamper firemen who went to a fire where a petrol bomb had been thrown into a cafe owned by a Roman Catholic. Troops who moved in were faced with a barrage of insults from the crowds.
An 11-year-old boy and a 45-year-od men were injured when gunfire sprayed a Catholic funeral cortege in the centre of Belfast.
The strike was spearheaded by the right-wing Ulster Vanguard movement to highlight Protestant resentment against British policy and was aimed at a show of strength by Protestants in an area where they outnumber Catholics two to one.
SYNOPSIS: All of Northern Ireland had power cuts on Wednesday, and most industrial activity ceased as militant Protestants held a 24-hour general strike.
The power cuts hit traffic signals, but the shutdown of business in Belfast made traffic light.
As well, the city's buses were suspended, and the postal service was curtailed.
Outside a Belfast police station, five hundred people paraded, controlled by uniformed members of the Ulster Defence Association.
The strike and demonstrations were to show Protestant resentment against London's policy in Northern Ireland. It was also a show of strength in an area where Protestants outnumber Roman Catholics by two to one.
In some areas, police had to disperse unruly crowds. Two people were injured when shots were fired at a Catholic funeral procession and sporadic shooting could be heard throughout the city. Troops had to break up crowds that blocked firemen trying to fight a blaze at a Catholic cafe caused by a petrol bomb.