Essay on The Build Up to Bloody Sunday

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The Build Up to Bloody Sunday

On Saturday 5 October 1968 a civil rights march was organised, but it was stopped before it had really begun by the Royal Ulster Constabulary. The RUC broke up the march by using batons, which left many members of the march severely injured. Broadcasters around the world were filming this incident. The incidents in Derry had a big effect on many people around the world but particularly on the Catholic population of Northern Ireland. For two days after this march there was serious rioting between the Catholics and the RUC. In the following January there were many civil rights marches with increasing violence brought about by over policeing and confrontations between
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The permission was granted and later that afternoon they entered the centre of Derry. British troops did not enter the area of the Bogside and the Creggan because there was an understanding between the British army and the DCDA that if the RUC and the army stayed out of these areas there would be a stop to all the rioting. This near enough saw the setting up of “non-go areas” were the normal rule of law didn’t function. During the day a catholic civilian was shot dead by the USC during street disturbances. The next day there were more riots in Belfast where many people were killed and families were forced out of their homes. British troops then took up duties on the streets of west Belfast. During the next few years there were many more riots and protests within Northern Ireland. On the 8th of July 1971 during a riot in Derry two catholic men were shot dead by the British Army. The army claimed that the two men were armed but the local people said that they did not have any weapons. The riots intensified following the two men’s deaths. On 9th August 1971 there was the introduction of internment. In a series of raids across Northern Ireland 342 people were arrested. There was an instant increase of violent behaviour and 17 people were killed in the next 48 hours. Of these 10 Catholic civilians were shot dead by The British Army. There were more arrests in

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