Tensions in Derry ahead of a protest in support of prisoners on huger strikers in the H Block at the Maze prison. Local schools and business premises may close for the afternoon under accusations of intimidation.

One School Principal Frank Dunne says

As far as we're concerned, it's a normal day.

However a group of 137 teachers, who support the demands of the prisoners in the H-Block, and by taking part in a planned afternoon work stoppage, hope to show their support to the prisoners and show the British authorities that a resolution to the prison crisis is needed. 

As Derry prepares for the protest, it is clear that many business will close and workers will not return to work. One member of the local business community comments on the divisive levels of intimidation and fear in the community. Marlene Jefferson, the Unionist Lord Mayor of Derry, also comments on allegations of intimidation that are forcing businesses to close their doors and comments 

This city can only suffer for what is going to happen today. 

At 2.30pm the centre of Derry shut down as up to 5,000 people marched to the Guildhall where they were addressed by a Dublin Trade Union Official, Bernadette McAliskey and Eamonn McCann.  McCann addresses the crowd calling former SDLP leader Gerry Fitt "a liar". 

A Today Tonight report broadcast on 12 November 1980.

On 27 October 1980 republican prisoners at the Maze Prison began a hunger strike.