Barricades in Belfast

Barricades in Belfast

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Details

Location

Belfast, M1 motorway, Springfield, St Agnes Drive, Tate's Avenue

Year

1969

Date

September 1969

Length

06min 15sec

Audio

silent

Format

1 inch

black and white

Source

Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)

Courtesy

Department for Communities, ITV, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Rights Holder

ITV

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Description

Clip from archive compilation programme 'Understanding Northern Ireland'.

Features scenes of the army on the streets of Belfast, children helping to clear rubble on residential streets and barricades being erected across the city. Signs displaying "you are now entering liberated Belfast" are seen and "No Exit to Springfield".

Notes

During 12–16 August 1969, there was an outbreak of political and sectarian violence in Northern Ireland, which is often seen as the beginning of the thirty-year conflict that is The Troubles . There had been sporadic violence throughout the year arising out of the civil rights campaign, which demanded an end to discrimination against Catholics and Irish nationalists.

Civil rights marches had been repeatedly attacked by Ulster Protestant loyalists and also came into frequent conflict with the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), the overwhelmingly Protestant police force.

Credits

A UTV Production.

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