• Short Summary

    TENSION EASED IN LONDONDERRY TONIGHT (SUNDAY) AFTER POLICE WITHDREW FROM THE BOGSIDE DISTRICT, SCENE OF ALL-NIGHT RIOTING THAT LEFT 260 PEOPLE INJURED EARLIER TODAY.

  • Description


    POLICE AND CROWDS IN LONDONDERRY STREETS; SMASHED WINDOWS; POLICE IN HOSPITAL; DEBRIS IN STREETS; DAMAGED RESERVOIR; LONDON RALLY.




    Initials CP/VS & B/CT/SGM



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: TENSION EASED IN LONDONDERRY TONIGHT (SUNDAY) AFTER POLICE WITHDREW FROM THE BOGSIDE DISTRICT, SCENE OF ALL-NIGHT RIOTING THAT LEFT 260 PEOPLE INJURED EARLIER TODAY. AT ONE STAGE TODAY THE CITY LOOKED SET FOR ANOTHER NIGHT OF VIOLENCE.

    RESIDENTS OF BOGSIDE SCENE OF THE WORST OF LAST NIGHT'S RIOTING GATHERED ON STREET CORNERS JEERING AT THE STRONGLY-REINFORCED POLICE. ONCE POLICE DREW BATONS AND CHASED A CROWD OF SEVERAL HUNDRED. NO ONE WAS INJURED.

    THEN THE PEOPLE OF BOGSIDE ATTENDED A MASS MEETING CALLED BY THE ANGLICAN CLERGY AND LOCAL POLITICIANS TO APPEAL FOR PEACE. SPOKESMAN WARNED THE POLICE THAT IF THEY WERE STILL THERE WHEN THE PEOPLE RETURNED TO BOGSIDE, ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN.

    THE POLICE WITHDREW. AT THE MASS MEETING, ATTENDED BY SEVERAL THOUSAND, MILITANTS CALLED FOR A ONE-DAY STRIKE IN THE CITY TOMORROW AND SHOWDOWN WITH THE POLICE IF NECESSARY.

    LOCAL MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, MR. JOHN HUME, WARNED THEM THIS WOULD LEAD ONLY TO A CONTINUANCE OF THE TENSION AND BLOODSHED. THE STREETS OF LONDONDERRY WERE TODAY LITTERED WITH EVIDENCE OF LAST NIGHT'S BATTLE. SHATTERED GLASS AND BRICKS COVERED THE ROADWAY.

    IN ALL, 181 POLICE WERE INJURED IN THE RIOTING, TOGETHER WITH 79 CIVILIANS. THIRTEEN POLICE AND EIGHT OF THE CIVILIANS WERE KEPT IN HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT TO WOUNDS.

    AT ONE STAGE OF THE FIGHTING, THE DEMONSTRATORS LAID SIEGE TO A POLICE STATION. LATER THEY THREW PETROL BOMBS AT A POLICE VEHICLE AND POLICE FIRED SHOTS INTO THE AIR.

    AS LONDONDERRY SIMMERED TONIGHT (SUNDAY), THE CAPITAL BELFAST, WAS RINGED WITH FIRES. AT ONE TIME FIVE POST OFFICES AND A BUS DEPOT WERE BLAZING AND THERE WERE NOT ENOUGH FIRE ENGINES TO COPE.

    WATER WAS RATIONED IN PARTS OF BELFAST TONIGHT (SUNDAY) AFTER A RESERVOIR IN THE MOUNTAINS OF MOURNE, NEAR THE BORDER WITH THE IRISH REPUBLIC WAS DYNAMITED. AN ATTEMPT WAS ALSO MADE TO BLOW UP A POWER PYLON NEAR ARMAGH, 50 MILES (80 KMS) SOUTHEAST OF LONDONDERRY.

    AS A RESULT OF THE EXPLOSION, WHICH SERIOUSLY DAMAGED THE RESERVOIR, BRITAIN HAS AGREED TO SUPPLY TROOPS, IF NEEDED, TO GUARD KEY POINTS IN NORTHERN IRELAND.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS IN LONDON AND BELFAST STRESSED THAT THE TROOPS WERE FOR GUARD USE, NOT FOR RIOT CONTROL. BRITISH TROOPS ARE AT PRESENT STATIONED IN AT LEAST THREE AREAS OF THE PROVINCE.

    THE SILENT VALLEY RESERVOIR IS THE MAIN SOURCE OF WATER FOR THE BELFAST AREA. HOUSEHOLDERS HAVE BEEN URGED TO SAVE WATER, BUT SUPPLIES TO HOSPITALS AND ESSENTIAL USERS WERE SAFEGUARDED. NOBODY WAS HURT IN EITHER OF THE EXPLOSIONS.

    IN LONDON TODAY (SUNDAY) FOUR HUNDRED BANNER-WAVING DEMONSTRATORS MARCHED FROM HYDE PARK TO TRAFALGAR SQUARE IN SUPPORT OF THE ULSTER CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. A STRONG CONTINGENT OF POLICE WATCHED OVER THE MARCHERS BUT THERE WERE NO INCIDENTS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABD3HKF2ZMO9R0U1A4O80F4T34
    Media URN:
    VLVABD3HKF2ZMO9R0U1A4O80F4T34
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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