Latest `Troubles' Erupted in 1968 but N. Ireland's Division Dates to 17th Century
Ap, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
Northern Ireland's "troubles" are rooted in nationalist conflict, religious bigotry and grudges nursed for generations. But the current violence dates to 1968.
On Oct. 5 of that year, about 400 Roman Catholic civil rights marchers were attacked by police as they tried to cross a bridge into the center of Londonderry. Television film of the melee, taken by a cameraman from Ireland's RTE network, was distributed to many countries.
Gerry Fitt, one of the leaders of the march and one of the first to be clubbed, later said that he said a prayer of thanks as he felt blood flow down his face. "I knew that at last Northern Ireland as she really was would be seen before …
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