Plans for future civil rights demonstrations are being planned throughout Northern Ireland this afternoon.

With demonstrations deteriorating into violent clashes, the civil rights movement is faced with the dilemma of whether or not to continue this form of protest.

Were the marches now alienating people from supporting the movement?

Nell McCafferty, Sean Keane, Ivan Cooper, Eamonn Melaugh and citizens of the Bogside give their views.

Barry Linnane, in Derry, reports on the views of Nell McCafferty, Secretary of the Derry Labour Party, who is in favour of de-escalating the marching in favour an alternative approach.

Sean Keane provides a Republican viewpoint and believes the marches, sit-downs and protest meetings should continue to demonstrate opposition to Stormont. Keane also argues that the fight for civil rights should be for both Protestants and Catholics.

Keane’s viewpoint gains little support from Ivan Cooper, MP for Derry, who feels street demonstrations should have ended long ago. Cooper says that there should be a process of inclusive education on civil rights issues for both Protestants and Catholics. He says the problem is that Protestants despise the civil rights movement and this hatred has grown stronger than even their hatred for the IRA. Cooper argues that continuing to march on the streets only serves to alienate Protestants further from the civil rights process.

Eamonn Melaugh does not want to provide the RUC with another excuse to baton defenceless men and women, who are merely civil rights supporters. He is proposing that people abstain from attending a judicial court of law and views this as positive action of civil disobedience.

People of the Bogside also express their views on the meaning of civil rights and how to best achieve them.