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    Scores of barricades went up around Protestant areas in Belfast and other parts of Northern Ireland on Sunday (July 2).

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    SV Protestants building barricades (2 shots)

    SVs and MV barricades

    MV U.D.A. commander

    MVs U.D.A. march through streets (2 shots)

    GV PAN British Army trucks drive past

    SVs INTERIOR U.D.A. men examining map (3 shots)

    SVs U.D.A. vehicles through streets (2 shots)

    REPORTER: "....permanent Protestant 'no-go' areas. Not temporary barricades erected just for the weekend, or the odd blocked-off street -- but whole areas closed off to the security forces. Without warning this morning, squads of workmen moved in, and by lunchtime the threat had become a reality. I asked one U.D.A. commander just why they'd acted now."

    U.D.A. COMMANDER: "They were put up this weekend to try and force the hand of the administration in Westminster, and to get down all barricades in Northern Ireland, and to restore law and order to every part of Northern Ireland."

    REPORTER: "And they stay....."

    U.D.A. COMMANDER: "....until that is done, yes."

    REPORTER: "They're right under the nose of the army here....about twenty yards from an army post. Are you looking for a confrontation with the army? We're also on a peace line -- only a few yards from a Roman Catholic area. Are you looking for a confrontation with the Catholics?"

    U.D.A. COMMANDER: "We're not looking for a confrontation with anyone, except the politicians. We want to make it clear to the politicians that what the *lawless people of Northern Ireland will no longer accept unlawful barricades throughout this country."

    REPORTER: "The U.D.A. are well-organised and prepared to resist any attempts by the security forces to move in. This display of force was meant as a reassurance to local residents. Those men, I was told, will now patrol the areas twenty-four hours a day, enforcing the law and protecting the residents. The display was also meant to show the army that the U.D.A. mean business. So far, the army have not acknowledge the existence of the 'no-go' areas. The U.D.A. now has a communications centre in touch with its patrols. They say no security forces will enter the areas and any attempt to do so will be fiercely resisted. Other than that, they hope life will go on as normal. For Mr. Whitelaw, hopeful after the cease-fire that at least progress towards his kind of normality had started, this is serious sot-back. He's repeatedly asked the U.D.A.for more time. Today, on this particular issue, that time has run out."

    *Commander probably meant "lawful".

    The militant Protestant Ulster Defence Association was busy erecting more barricades in Belfast and other areas of Northern Ireland on Sunday. This time, in contrast to Saturday's barricades, they were meant to be permanent barriers forming the first Protestant 'no-go' areas in retaliating for the Catholic 'no-go' areas formed at the beginning of the current two-year-old troubles. A U.D.A. commander explained......

    A display of force by the U.D.A. on Sunday, meanwhile, was meant to reassure local Protestant residents that the U.D.A. would look after law and order in the 'no-go' areas, much as I.R.A. men had purported to take over crime control in Catholic 'no-go' areas like 'Free Dorry' in Londonderry. The British Army made no attempt to interfere -- although it has said it would not allow any more 'no-go' areas to be created.

    The U.D.A. appeared to be well-organised, with a communications control and radio communications equipment. In the streets outside earlier in the day, as the Province entered the sixth day of a ceasefire with the Catholic Irish Republican Army and its more militant Provisional wing. British Army troops at one of their posts came under heavy fire. But both the U.D.A. and the I.R.A. denied responsibility.

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    This film is provided with an English voice-on-film narration over natural sound, as well as a sound-on-film interview with a U.D.A. commander. A transcript of the sound is provided below for translation purposes, and an ALTERNATIVE within commentary is provided overpage.

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    Background: Scores of barricades went up around Protestant areas in Belfast and other parts of Northern Ireland on Sunday (July 2). The situation remained peaceful oven as British Army patrols worked nearby, but the Ulster Defence Association -- responsible for the erection of the barricades -- said the barriers were designed to form permanent 'no-go' areas similar to those created by Catholics at the beginning of the current troubles in the past two years. British troops would not be allowed into the Protestant 'no-go' areas until ALL barricades throughout Northern Ireland were removed, said one U.D.A. commander.

    The Army, meanwhile, which has said it would not allow any more 'no-go' areas like the Catholic 'Free Dorry' district in Londonderry, made no attempt to interfere with the Protestants' barricades, some of which were well-built with metal girders sunk into concrete and backed by walls of brick and cement. But as the Province moved into the sixth day of a cease-fire with the outlawed Catholic Irish Republican Army and its more militant Provisional wing, British Army troops come under heavy fire in one of their Belfast posts. The gunmen were unidentified, and both the I.R.A. and the U.D.A. denied responsibility.

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