People's Democracy March Leaves Belfast

EXHIBITION : CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT 1968-69

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In a demonstration inspired by the US civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, a People's Democracy march consisting mainly of students sets out for Derry from Belfast.

  • Title
    Belfast to Derry Civil Rights March : Day 1
  • 1st Broadcast
    01/01/1969
  • Clip Duration
    00:00:54
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    People's Democracy March Leaves Belfast
  • Extended description

    On 01 January 1969, a People's Democracy march left Belfast City Hall on a four-day march to Derry. This march did not have the backing of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA), who supported the suspension of demonstrations.

    The Loyal Citizens of Ulster, led by Major Ronald Bunting, issued a statement calling on, "all those who value their heritage" to take every possible action within the law to hinder and harass the "so-called civil rights marchers."

    As about 40 students left Belfast under civil rights and People's Democracy banners, Bunting retaliated by leading a group of Loyalists carrying Union Jacks at the head of the march. The Loyalists chanted abuse before leaving the march on the outskirts of Belfast.

    This clip is mute.

  • Information

    RTÉ News reports on the first day of People's Democracy march from Belfast to Derry. Broadcast on 1 January 1969.

  • Local keywords
    Civil Rights Movement, Belfast, Derry, People's Democracy, Major Ronald Bunting, Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association,
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1969
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    N1/0069H
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Black and White
  • Item sound
    Mute
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
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