"Civil Liberty Will Not Be Served by Mob Rule."

EXHIBITION : CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT 1968-69

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Students from Queen's University Belfast have their civil rights march halted by police.

  • Title
    Belfast Student Demonstration for Civil Rights
  • 1st Broadcast
    09/10/1968
  • Clip Duration
    00:05:47
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    "Civil Liberty Will Not Be Served by Mob Rule."
  • Extended description

    Confronted by the police cordon, the students must decide what to do. Ciarán McKeown outlines the alternatives to the protesters. McKeown addresses the student protestors through a megaphone but is heckled throughout.

    Students are pictured gesturing with one arm in the air and chanting at the line of police.

    Fred Taggart, a Protestant student who signed the application to the police to hold a march, addresses the protestors. Taggart points out that they have achieved what they set out to do and in the interests of avoiding violence urges them to return to the Queens University campus. Taggart points out to the crowd that "Civil liberty will not be served by mob rule."

  • Information

    A RTÉ News clip from the Belfast student demonstrations of October 1968. This report was broadcast on 9 October 1968.

  • Local keywords
    Civil Rights Movement, Northern Ireland, Belfast, Student Demonstrations, Ciarán McKeown, Fred Taggart, Civil Rights
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Belfast
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1968
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    BA478
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Black and White
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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