Battle of bogside

It was here that trouble broke out. They possessed armoured cars and guns, but were not permitted to use them. Background[ edit ] Tensions had been building in Derry for over a year before the Battle of the Bogside.

Battle of the Bogside

The Housing Action Committee took direct action such as blocking roads and attending local council meetings uninvited in order to force them to house Catholic families who had been on council housing waiting list for a long time. It was recovered by unionists, however, following re-drawing of electoral boundaries by the unionist government in the Northern Ireland Parliament.

Both the Official and Provisional IRA openly patrolled the area and local residents often paid subscriptions to both.

After this point, barricades were set up in the Bogside and vigilante patrols organised to keep the police out. The area has been greatly redeveloped sincewith the demolition of much of the old slum housing and the Rossville Street flats.

Derry activist Eamonn McCann wrote that the march "was regarded as a calculated insult to the Derry Catholics". This march passed off peacefully, as did another demonstration attended by up to 15, people on 16 November. Unionists were appalled at this prospect, which they saw as a threatened invasion of Northern Ireland.

They possessed armoured cars and guns, but were not permitted to use them. Here, the soldiers shot at people across the car park, about 40—50 yards away. Civilians Damien Donaghy and John Johnston were shot and wounded while standing on waste ground opposite the building.

Battle of the Bogside

A total of police men were deployed in Derry during the riot, of whom only were still in action at The British troops were at first welcomed by the Bogside residents as a neutral force compared to the police and especially the B-Specials. Part of their route would take them along the western wall of the city directly overlooking the Catholic Bogside.

However, the demonstration was banned. Their riot shields were too small and did not protect their whole bodies. Witnesses stated Battle of bogside was unarmed.

Another grievance, highlighted by the Cameron Commission into the riots ofwas the issue of perceived regional bias; where Northern Ireland government decisions favoured the mainly Ulster Protestant east of Northern Ireland rather than the mainly Catholic west.

That night, police officers broke into homes in the Catholic Bogside area and assaulted several residents. In anticipation of a confrontation taking place, local republicans decided to form the Derry Citizens Defence Association DCDA with the intention of maintaining peace and defending the Catholic areas of the city, particularly the Bogside which was the usual target of the RUC.

There was little or no action at lunch and teatime but the fighting was renewed with greater intensity after these lulls. The area is also a stronghold for Dissident Republican activity. Their riot shields were too small and did not protect their whole bodies. Over 1, people mostly Catholics were expelled from their homes in Belfast.

Lynch's words were widely interpreted in the Bogside as promising that Irish troops were about to be sent to their aid. The Londonderry County Boroughwhich covered the city, had been won by nationalists in When there arose the possibility of nationalists gaining one of the Unionist wards, the boundaries were redrawn to maintain Unionist control.Jan 29,  · The disorder led to the Battle of the Bogside in Londonderry, a three-day riot in the Bogside district between the RUC and the nationalist/Catholic residents.

In support of the Bogsiders, nationalists and Catholics launched protests elsewhere in Northern Ireland.

The Battle of the Bogside in 1969

The ‘Battle of the Bogside’ is a name given to violence and rioting that erupted in Derry in August Many historians consider it the first significant confrontations of the Troubles. The fighting in Bogside erupted at a time when tensions were running high.

Aug 11,  · The Battle of the Bogside was a very large communal riot that took place during 12–14 August in Derry, Northern Ireland.

The fighting was between residents of the Bogside area (organised under the Derry Citizens’ Defence Association), and the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) along wih local unionists.

The battle of the Bogside in Derry represented the climax of the civil rights movement in Ulster and, effectively, the beginnings of the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’ as they were.

Jan 09,  · “BATTLE OF THE BOGSIDE” (): Producer/ Director: Feature documentary on the 3-days of riots in Derry, Northern Ireland that led to the deployment of British Troops into Derry in. The Battle of the Bogside was a very large communal riot that took place from 12 to 14 August in Derry, Northern Ireland.

The fighting was between residents of the Bogside area (organised under the Derry Citizens' Defence Association), and the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) along with local unionists.

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