• Short Summary

    Gunmen shot a shopkeeper deed in belfast on Thursday (20 July), while rioting broke out in the city's main jail and mystery snipers opened fire on the rebellious prisoners.

  • Description

    1.
    GV Prisoners escaping onto roof from hole in roof
    0.13

    2.
    SV Army patrol near jail ZOOM OUT TO prisoners on roof
    0.29

    3.
    GV Troops patrol near prison
    0.34

    4.
    SV & GV Prisoners on roof
    0.48

    5.
    SV Onlookers
    0.51

    6.
    GV Troops in street ZOOM TO prisoners on roof
    1.01

    7.
    SV Crowd flees as snipers begin to fire & PAN ACROSS TO prisoners on roof(2 shots)
    1.12

    8.
    GV Prisoners through hole to safety
    1.23

    9.
    GV PAN FROOM Soldiers in street to debris form bomb explosion
    1.28

    10.
    GV Troops search through debris
    1.39


    SMITH: "The build-up to tonight's shooting began after the prisoners escaped onto the roof. This followed disturbances in which they claimed to have wrecked their cells and set fire to mattresses. A big security operation began with police, Royal Marine Commandos, and troops surrounding the jail. The prisoners complained they were not getting special concessions granted to political prisoners a month ago by Mr Whitelaw. A number of rubber bullets wee fired. After sixteen rubber bullets, the authorities seemed content to allow the prisoners to remain on the roof. Shouting to journalists, they alleged a lack of proper rehabilitation facilities and discrimination in favour of I.R.A. and Loyalist political prisoners. Meanwhile, Loyalists outside the prison began to speculate about the identity of the prisoners.



    At first they cheered them. But when they learned they were Protestants and Catholics, some onlookers thought they could recognise known Republicans. It was after the prisoners had been on the roof for about seven-hours that the shooting occurred. A number of shots rang out as the crowd scrambled for safety. The gunmen were attacking from three separate positions around the prison. The prisoners took what cover they could and are of them, a Catholic, was shot in the back. Soon after, an ambulance arrived and he was taken to hospital. In a bomb attack in Belfast, the man who planted the bomb shot dead a shopkeeper and injured his wife. They had left the bomb outside the shop and were running away. The couple chased them, and one turned and fired at close range. Soon afterwards, the shop was demolished."




    Initials SGM/0205 SGM/0222


    TELERECORDING original colour on 9711/72 62ft

    THE SOUND ON FILM INCLUDES COMMENTARY BY BBC REPORTER IAN SMITH. A TRANSCRIPT FOLLOWS. THE COMMENTARY MAY BE USED AND IS SIMILAR TO THE ACCOMPANYING WRITTEN COMMENTARY.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Gunmen shot a shopkeeper deed in belfast on Thursday (20 July), while rioting broke out in the city's main jail and mystery snipers opened fire on the rebellious prisoners.

    The dead man, a Protestant news agent, was killed when he tried to stop gunmen form planting a bomb in his shop. His wife, who went to his aid, was injured in the shooting but managed to get out before bomb went off.

    At the Crumlin Road Jail, prisoners reportedly protesting that political doughtiness held in connection with the troubles in Northern Ireland were moved into their wing of the prison, started two fires. Then about eight of them broke out onto the prison roof and began smashing tiles with wooden clubs. British army troops surrounded the jail and brought the rioting under control.

    But the prisoners stayed on the roof until shots were fired at them int he early evening, injuring one of the men. Police said they did not know who had fired the shots.

    Elsewhere in the Province, bomb blasts caused extensive damage in the towns of Newry and Randallstown, while in Londonderry the British army claimed to have hit one gunman and possibly three more during a two-hour battle.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAE8FPLCIJGQUR83VYSAI8JB4AK
    Media URN:
    VLVAE8FPLCIJGQUR83VYSAI8JB4AK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/07/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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