Violent clashes and street fighting continue in Belfast and Derry.

Stormont Member of Parliament (MP) for the Falls area of Belfast, Paddy Devlin gives his view of the ongoing rioting in the Ballymurphy Estate in Belfast. The British Army and the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) were subjected to a barrage of bottles and stones as rival mobs of Catholic and Protestants faced each other at Springhill Avenue.

Some Protestants in the area had their windows broken and when they made attempts to leave their removal vans were attacked with stones.

Paddy Devlin believes the British Army is partly responsible for the situation. Historically, locals are hostile to the Royal Scots Regiment and in addition,

They're mainly what you would call Rangers supporters.

As such, they antagonise the Catholic population and inflame the situation. The military reacted to the rioting very strongly, which boosted local support for those involved. Paddy Devlin cannot see the trouble diminishing any time soon.

Stormont MP for Foyle John Hume describes the rioting in Derry which began before Easter as vandalism.

There is no point in giving it any high minded political motive.

He is dismissive of the rioters taking on the British Army.

Such people are only playing into the hands of our political opponents because there is absolutely nothing to be gained politically by anyone entering into confrontation with the British Army.

John Hume believes those involved in the riots are a minority taking advantage of a delicate situation and these people do not have public opinion on their side.

If people are going to take action, which is political action, it should action which is planned, organised and disciplined.

A 'Seven Days’ report broadcast on 3 April 1970. The reporter is Rodney Rice.