• Short Summary

    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.

  • Description

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    GV ZOOM OUT LINE OF rioters across road to show soldiers
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    2.
    GV Rioters around lorry
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    3.
    SV Burned out bus still smouldering
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    4.
    SV Jeeps along street
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    5.
    SV Water cannon in action on crowds
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    SV Troops advancing with armoured car cover
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    7.
    GV ZOOM in women chanting at soldiers
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    8.
    GV Women menacing soldiers
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    9.
    SV Soldiers with clubs forcing women back
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    Initials SGM/0052 SGM/0111



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    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.

    There is an English-speaking commentary included on the track with this film.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8J99LN3JCXG281J6POKN48YVU
    Media URN:
    VLVA8J99LN3JCXG281J6POKN48YVU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/02/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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