06: Armagh March Meets Protest

A civil rights march in Armagh was stopped by the RUC from proceeding on its intended route.

The march was stopped because of a loyalist counter-demonstration led by Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting.

There was considerable tension in the lead-up to the civil rights protest, with shopkeepers boarding up their premises for fear of violence. The loyalist protesters took over the city centre, many of them carrying sticks and cudgels. There were a number of clashes with the police, and loyalists asked for cameramen to stop recording, attacking BBC and ITN television crews. The RUC kept a "no man's land" between the two set of demonstrators, and halted the civil rights march.

Presented here is the demonstration in Armagh and reaction to it.