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In 1969 the British Government sent
British troops into Northern Ireland. The arrival of the British army in Northern
Ireland was due to the increasing disturbances throughout Northern Ireland
between the Catholics and Protestants. Another occurrence of disturbance
throughout Northern Ireland was the Burntollet Bridge march in January 1969.
The march was again about the unfair allocation of council housing. Protesters
also marched for equal employment and an end to extra votes for wealthier
citizens. Protesters were attacked by a Loyalist mob. On television cameras,
B-specials were seen to be amongst the mob and this portrayed the RUC to…
Many Catholics originally welcomed Terence O’Neil’s talk of a better deal for Catholics but his reforms were too slow in coming and some Catholics became impatient and frustrated. So, in 1967 a group of Catholics got together and set up a Civil Rights Association. This organisation demanded intermediate reform in the way Northern Ireland was run. From October 1968, they organised a series of protest marches and demonstrations in the hope of speeding up the reforms. But fighting broke out between Catholics and Protestants. So these marches ended in violence and bloodshed between Catholics and Protestants.