"Not One Policeman in Sight"

EXHIBITION : CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT 1968-69

About this Item

Students describe how they were attacked at Burntollet Bridge and the failure of the police to take action in their defence.

  • Title
    Eyewitnesses Describe Attack : Day 4
  • 1st Broadcast
    04/01/1969
  • Clip Duration
    00:05:19
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    "Not One Policeman in Sight"
  • Extended description

    Students describe how they were attacked at Burntollet Bridge and the failure of the police to take action in their defence.

    One young woman describes how stones were thrown, abuse was shouted and the police did nothing. Another young woman describes how they had tried to avoid being hit by stones by crossing a field and being forced into the river. However, she describes how they were pelted repeatedly with stones and received no assistance from the police.

    Another young man describes how he witnessed someone being hit by a bottle.

    Michael Farrell then addresses the marchers before they continue. The People's Democracy march finally enters Derry City, and thousands gather in Guildhall Square to meet them. A police line divides the civil rights protesters from their Loyalist opponents. As they arrive in Derry city, the protestors are welcomed and cheered on by supporters outside Guildhall.

  • Information

    A RTÉ News report from day 4 of the People's Democracy.

    The second half of this news, which shows the protestors arriving in Derry city, is mute.

    This report was broadcast on 4 January 1969.

  • Local keywords
    Civil Rights Movement, Northern Ireland, Burntollet Bridge, Michael Farrell, Guildhall, People's Democracy, 1969
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Derry
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1969
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    N4/0069D
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
  • Rights terms and conditions

    Copyright RTÉ. This material may not be replicated in any form or manner without the prior express permission of RTÉ. Any form of reproduction in print, television, video, multimedia, web site or other electronic media or any form of dissemination for commercial or non-commercial use must be licensed by the RTÉ Archives.

    If you wish to licence video or audio clips, still images or text, or would like further guidance please contact us.

    RTÉ Archives are committed to respecting the copyright of others and have attempted to source and credit the copyright owners of all material used here. RTÉ would like to hear from any copyright owners who are not properly identified here so that the necessary corrections can be made. If you feel your copyright has not been respected please contact us.

  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Black and White
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
More
  • CONTACT
  • TERMS OF USE
  • PRIVACY
  • DISCLAIMER
  • COPYRIGHT