Some barricades in the Bogside in Derry are removed for convenience and as a gesture towards peace.
Paddy Doherty, the vice-chairman of the Derry Citizens' Defence Association says that the measures are in the interest of the people of the Bogside and in the interest of peace. It is a gesture from the residents of the Bogside as they await evidence of the reform programme planned by the Home Secretary Mr James Callaghan.
We're keeping the perimeter barricades up and manned although we will breach some of them so that traffic can move freely through the area. This is our gesture for peace as well as an effort to see the inconvenience that has been caused by the barricades cut down as much as possible.
Paddy Doherty acknowledges that there is always a possibility of an attack in the community while members of the B-Specials are armed for this reason the perimeter barricades will remain. He envisages that all the internal barricades in what is known as Free Derry will be removed within a week.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 1 September 1969. The reporter is Pat Sweeney.