Derry Riots and Destruction


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This report shows scenes of rioting taking place night and day in Derry. The report shows both injured civilians and injured police.

  • Title
    Rioting Reaches Peak
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    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    Derry Riots and Destruction
  • Extended description

    The report features scenes of violence at night with petrol bombs being thrown and buildings on fire. Armed police patrol the streets, which are strewn with debris. Shots are fired and rioters throw missiles from the top of a high-rise building. There are also interviews with Ivan Cooper and Eddie McAteer on the situation following violent clashes between residents of the Bogside and the RUC.

    Ivan Cooper feels that the only solution is by direct intervention from Westminster as law and order has been completely undermined. Cooper also speaks about how organised the Bogside defence is with every man, woman and child committed to keeping out the police. Eddie McAteer speaks about the 50 year build-up of ill-feeling which has led to these riots. In relation to intervention from Westminster McAteer states: "As an Irishman I am reluctant to accept any degree of British rule. But when the house is burning, I suppose you don't ask if the fireman is a Protestant or a Catholic".

  • Information

    A RTÉ News report on the Derry riots and the destruction caused.
    This report was broadcast on 13 August 1969.

    Parts of this report are mute.

  • Local keywords
    Northern Ireland 1969, August 1969, Derry, Londonderry, Riots, Armed Police, Ivan Cooper, Eddie McAteer, Bogside, Northern Ireland, 1969
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Derry
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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    Black and White
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  • Language used
    English (eng)