Troops in Londonderry clashed with angry Roman Catholic crowds in the Bogside area on Saturday (July 15) as the Army tried to erect barricades to seal off the Bogside from the nearby city shopping centre -- which has been repeatedly bombed by Irish Republican Army elements often operating from the relative safety of the Bogside.
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Background: Troops in Londonderry clashed with angry Roman Catholic crowds in the Bogside area on Saturday (July 15) as the Army tried to erect barricades to seal off the Bogside from the nearby city shopping centre -- which has been repeatedly bombed by Irish Republican Army elements often operating from the relative safety of the Bogside. Earlier in the week, further mass bombing of the shopping centre had reduced several more shops to rubble -- and brought angry complaints from traders there about lack of security.
During the barricade operation, as troops brought in heavy concrete blocks in what looked like an attempt to put up permanent blockades, teargas and rubber bullets were used to disperse angry crowds protesting at the move. Troops were fired on from the Bogside area, and also had teargas thrown back at them. A bomb exploded as troops were trying to erect one barrier, but no-one was seriously hurt in the clash.
Later in the day the blockade was called off by British deputy Administrator for Northern Ireland, Mr. Paul Channon, to whom local Catholics had appealed.
SYNOPSIS: A bomb explode in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on Saturday as troops began erecting barricades in an attempt to seal off the Roman Catholic Bogside area from the repeatedly-bombed city shopping centre. Then gunmen opened fire, and the troops retaliated. A civilian was caught in the cross-fire, but eventually escaped with only light injury. The shops, repeatedly bomb targets for Irish Republican Army elements often operating from the relative safety of the Bogsida, were earlier in the week again singled out for a mass bombing. This time, traders there complained to the Army about lack of security.
So the army came in on Saturday to seal off the area,. But local Roman Catholic crowds were angry at the move -- and soon complaints led to clashes with lubber bullets being used to disperse the mob. Both sides used teargas. Then, while the battle was ranging, other residents complained to the British Deputy Administrator for Northern Ireland, Mr. Paul Channon. He was visiting the area to talk to local traders for the second time in a month. Catholic resentment, at this highest point for about a year, made itself felt -- for Mr. Channon ordered the blockade called off. One local resident said the attempt to seal off the Bogside was 'mass internment'.
But while the blockade was called off, troops continued carrying out a more stringent security operation designed to check the movement of traffic and pedestrians into the shopping centre. Bags, personal belongings and vehicles were all searched for bombs.