Northern Ireland Members of Parliament were given the opportunity of visiting the detention ship where 115 man are still being held under the internment order issued by Prime Minister Mr Brian Faulkner just over a week ago.
GV Belfast Lough PULL IN TO LV Detention ship (with sound)
SV PAN Minibus with relatives of detainees past
SV Women with parcels in yard
LV Relatives outside caravan where interviews held
SV Stormont MP Hume arriving in car
CU Hume SOF: "I was... ENDS: "..limit of it
SV Strabane street showing boarded-up shops
SV Man breaking out remains of shop window
SV Fire hose PAN TO front of burnt-out shop
MV Burnt-out house
CU Children with heads bowed
SV Ditto in front of "shrine" spot where man was shot
CU & SV Blood on road PAN shrine (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 6): HUME: "I was not allowed aboard the ship. The ship was surrounded by yards of barbed wire and there are nets in the sea around it. I interviewed my constituents in a caravan which is provided specially alongside the ship for MPs to interview their constituents.
REPORTER: What did they say about conditions on board?
HUME: Well they said that there was overcrowded living conditions on the ship at the present time and a great lack of time for freedom inside the ship, and that they were only allowed about four hours of exercise per day.
REPORTER: How do they occupy their time?
HUME: Wall, I think that they have television and they have newspapers but I think that's about the limit of them."
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Background: Northern Ireland Members of Parliament were given the opportunity of visiting the detention ship where 115 man are still being held under the internment order issued by Prime Minister Mr Brian Faulkner just over a week ago.
One MP, Mr John Hums, said that conditions aboard the ship appeared to be overcrowded, and that the men were allowed only four hours exercise a day. He added that the ship was surrounded with yards (metres) of barbed wire, and that nets in the sea around it to prevent the men from jumping overboard.
Meanwhile, shop owners in the Strabane ares were still recovering from the effects of the recent rioting in which 24-year-old Eamon McDivitt, a deaf mute, was shot dead by a soldier. The local people claim that the army's statement, issued shortly after the incident, was false in declaring that McDivitt was seen to be carrying a gun and that he was warned by a soldier before being shot.
This film shows views of the detention ship and includes an interview in English with MP Mr John Hume about conditions on board. The film is provided with an English commentary (a transcript of which appears on this page) which may be used if required.
For ten days now since detention without trial was introduced, no outsiders have been allowed close to her. 115 men are detained aboard it was disclosed today. Relatives of the men were taken to the ship in minibuses at visiting time after first checking in with passes at a reception area hastily assembled in a dusty coalyard. Some complained of the strict searches they had to undergo before being allowed to see the detained men. Mr Hume says he wasn't searched and was treated courteously. In a visit lasting three hours, he spoke to eight men detained from his constituency. I asked about conditions on the ship.
Outwardly in the Strabane today, after the mass of violence in which many shop windows were smashed. Some men were still at work on the drapery premises of Mr Gilbert Bruce, which together with a house in the area wore burnt down during rioting. Most businesses in the town were closed yesterday as part of a one-day protest strike against internment. The drapery shop had been one of the few to stay open. In (indistinct) Street, is pinned with pictures as children lined up to pay tribute at the shrine set up to mark the spot where 24-year-old Eamon McDivitt a deaf-mute, was shot dead by a soldier. Some local people are strongly denying the army's statement that McDivitt was himself carrying a gun.