Derry Civil Rights March 1968

As the civil unrest continues to escalate and there is a growing demand for 'One Man, One Vote' in Northern Ireland, on 2 November 1968 John Hume and Ivan Cooper lead members of the DCAC (Derry Citizen's Action Committee) along the intended route of the 5 October 1968 march.

This RTÉ News footage shows the march as it proceeds through the streets of Derry. Loyalists at Ferryquay Gate try to block the route, while marchers sing "We shall overcome... we stand hand in hand" during the march and chant "one man, one vote".

It was initially intended that the march would consist of 15 committee members only. However, up to 2,000 sympathisers turned out in support.

The march began along Duke Street, Derry, and proceeded to the Diamond. A group of Loyal Citizens of Ulster, led by Major Ronald Bunting, wearing a military tunic tried to block the march at Ferryquay Gate.

For more on Northern Ireland and the Civil Rights Movement, visit the online exhibition Civil Rights Movement 1968-69

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