This was the crucial event in the civil rights movement: a planned parade in Derry to protest at the allocation of houses, jobs and the limited franchise in local government elections.
The protest was planned by the Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) with the support of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA). When the march was announced, the Apprentice Boys, a Protestant organisation, declared that they would hold a parade on the same day.
On 3 October 1968, the Stormont government banned all parades. The following day, all of the organisations behind the civil rights protest met and decided to go ahead with their parade. When the RUC blocked the intended route of the march and baton-charged the crowd, the television cameras were there and the images were shown around the world. The civil rights march in Derry on 05 October 1968 is often cited as the start of "the Troubles".
The accompanying image shows RUC officers stand over a man on a street in Derry 5 October 1968.
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In 1972, RTÉ Radio looked back at the Derry march of 5 October 1968 and talks to Austin Currie about his memories of the event.
Pat Sweeney reports on the situation in Derry prior to the civil rights rally.
This report captures the Derry Civil Rights demonstration in full swing.
This report shows a high angle view of the mêlée in Duke Street, showing demonstrators caught between two lines of police.
Pat Sweeney reports on scenes in Derry after the trouble at the civil rights march sparked rioting.
Forty eight hours of rioting followed the disturbances at the civil rights march. Pat Sweeney reports from Derry city, which is now quiet again.
RTÉ's John O'Donoghue interviews William Craig, Northern Ireland Minister of Home Affairs, in the aftermath of the civil rights march in Derry.