Over 2,000 people in Derry take part in a march commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 1968 civil rights march which ended with police baton charges.

Among those taking part in the march were leading Sinn Féin officials Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness as well a number of civil rights figures who marched 20 years previously when police baton charged marchers. Many senior nationalist figures involved in the original civil rights movement were absent.

Security along the route of the march was tight, but there were no incidents as the Royal Ulster Constabulary prevented Loyalists planning a counter demonstration from beginning their parade until three hours after the commemoration march.

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader, Reverend Ian Paisley, who had travelled to Derry with many of his supporters, was involved in angry exchanges with police. He claimed that he was pushed from a police Land Rover as he tried to wave a Union Jack.

Outside the Guildhall in Derry, the assembled crowed heard speeches from a number of people including Gerry Adams and Bernadette McAliskey.

We are not afraid of the government, we are not afraid of the church, we are not afraid of the state, we are not afraid of the police, there is nothing more they can do to us, because they have beaten us, they have blaggarded us, they have defamed us, they have killed us, we are still here, but we are different, we are the best citizens in Ireland and we know it.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 8 October 1988. The reporter is Fergal Keane.