Women from the New Lodge Road in Belfast protest against the behaviour of the British Army in their area.
Tensions are high in the New Lodge Road area of Belfast, the scene of three nights of fierce rioting sparked off by the killing of 19 year old Daniel O'Hagan by British troops. During the rioting the British Army use rubber bullets for the first time in Northern Ireland.
Women from the area marched down the Antrim Road with their children to protest against army behaviour. Some of the women enter the military barracks at Thorndale Avenue off the Antrim Road. Two women carrying black flags impede an army vehicle from entering the barracks.
A lorry with six British Army soldiers carrying batons and shields is stationed on Thornhill Avenue. The woman making a peaceful protest approach the vehicle, but they are goaded by the soldiers.
They gave us the up sign which the Scotch soldiers have always done since they came on this road.
An altercation ensues and some of the women are hit with batons and pushed to the ground by two of the soldiers. One of the women involved in the incident says she was pulled her by the shoulder which made her drop her baby. Another woman says she was hurt in the shin. A visibly shaken woman is comforted in a nearby car.
Member of Parliament for West Belfast, Gerry Fitt attempts to calm the situation and tells the women he has asked for a meeting with General Freeland, the British General Officer Commanding (GOC) in Northern Ireland. He plans to put forward the points made to him by residents of Victoria Barracks Estate concerning the behaviour of the troops.
I will be going to Lisburn this afternoon to put forward the point of view of what I have been able to see this afternoon.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 August 1970.