Tension increases in Northern Ireland as violence forces people from their homes in the Ardoyne area of Belfast.
As things quieten after recent disturbances in Belfast windows can be replaced and temporary street barriers removed.
A meal centre has been set up in a community centre in Butler Street for the sixty five Catholic and seventeen Protestant families directly affected by the violence. They are also sleeping here at night and use the centre to store their furniture and belongings safely. At present they are unable to return to their homes as Protestant squatters are now occupying them.
Joe Hughes of the Ardoyne Citizens Action Committee explained the extent of the destruction in houses which were targeted,
Wall to wall carpeting has been ripped, suites of furniture have been ripped, furniture thrown through the windows and burnt.
Eamonn McClollan's home on Bray Street was attacked on Monday night by a gang armed with hammers and hatchets. Although the Ardoyne Citizens Action Committee is helping him find alternative accommodation, the future is uncertain,
I don’t know what’s going to happen.
Mary McGuigan, Chairman of the Ardoyne Action Committee maintains that the RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary) are the primary cause of the violence in this area,
The police just has come in, baton-charged all around them.
She cites incidents of police brutality against innocent young men, who have been hospitalised as a result of their injuries. One was knocked down by a police land rover, and dragged along a street. Another who was on his way home from work went into a friend’s house to avoid being caught up in the disturbances,
The police followed him in, broke down this door in Butler Street and wrecked all round them in the house, and gave this boy a terrible beating.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 6 August 1969. The reporter is John Howard.