Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 29. Chapters: 1969 Northern Ireland riots, Provisional IRA Belfast Brigade, McGurk's Bar bombing, Falls Curfew, 1971 Scottish soldiers' killings, Bloody Friday, Corporals killings, Battle of St Matthew's, Operation Motorman, Shankill Road bombing, Milltown Cemetery attack, National Graves Association, Belfast, Ballymurphy Massacre, La Mon restaurant bombing, Springhill Massacre, Pat Finucane Centre, The Night We Burned Ardoyne, Abercorn Restaurant, Military Reaction Force, Freds, Shankill Defence Association. Excerpt: During 12-17 August 1969, Northern Ireland was rocked by intense political and sectarian rioting. There had been sporadic violence throughout the year arising from the civil rights campaign, which was demanding an end to government discrimination against Irish Catholics and nationalists. Civil rights marches were repeatedly attacked by Protestant loyalists and by the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), an overwhelmingly Protestant police force, who were viewed by nationalists as biased against the campaign. The disorder led to the Battle of the Bogside in Derry - this was 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. Some of these turned violent and provoked attacks by loyalists. The most bloody rioting was in Belfast, where seven people were killed and hundreds more wounded. Scores of houses and businesses were burned-out, most of them owned by Catholics. In addition, thousands of families were driven from their homes. The RUC was accused of helping the loyalists and of failing to protect Catholic areas. Events in Belfast have been viewed by some as a pogrom against the minority Catholic and nationalist community. The British Army was deployed to restore order and ...
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