First Civil Rights March

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First Civil Rights March

Following on from events at Caledon, two thousand people marched in Tyrone from Coalisland to Dungannon in a protest for civil rights.

Among the groups who organised the march were the Campaign for Social Justice  and the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA). Loyalists organised a counter-demonstration in Dungannon.

In response, the RUC ordered a ban on the civil rights protesters entering and holding a meeting at the Market Square. The meeting was eventually held in Thomas Street while police separated both sets of protesters.

A few days later, this march was followed by a 100 strong protest at Guildhall in Londonderry.

The accompanying image is of Northern Ireland politician, Austin Currie. This photograph was taken during a shoot to gain stock shots of Northern Ireland, for possible use in RTÉ News bulletins.
Photographer: Peter Dorney
Date of Photograph: 1 May, 1969
© RTÉ Stills Library 2142/093

First Civil Rights March

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