Catholic rioters in the Springfield Road area of Belfast, today clashed with troops during a flare-up of violence in which Protestant workers at an iron foundry were besieged for more than an hour.
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GV Rioters around lorry
SV Burned out bus still smouldering
SV Jeeps along street
SV Water cannon in action on crowds
SV Troops advancing with armoured car cover
GV ZOOM in women chanting at soldiers
GV Women menacing soldiers
SV Soldiers with clubs forcing women back
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Background: Catholic rioters in the Springfield Road area of Belfast, today clashed with troops during a flare-up of violence in which Protestant workers at an iron foundry were besieged for more than an hour.
The rioters, several of the most aggressive of whom were women, threw stones, bottles and, according to a military spokesman, acid bombs. The troops replied with rubber anti-riot bullets and water cannon. The mob seized a lorry and a bus for use a barricade. The bus was burned out. Under a hail of flying stones and bottles the soldiers moved in jeeps and armoured vehicles to disperse the rioters.
In the final stages of the battle to restore order, several women advanced menacingly on the troops. Order was finally restored after several arrested had been made. But later that night machine gun fire was reported in the Catholic quarter as rioters again clashed with British troops.
A mobile military petrol was attacked with gelignite bombs packed with nails. The five-man patrol escaped without injury. A Government office block also came under fire during the evening.
The trouble broke out on the eve of a series of protest marches planned for Thursday night in Belfast. 50,000 people are expected to take part.
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