Tag Archives: Derry

When the North exploded: 50 years since the “Battle of the Bogside”

By Kevin Henry For many, August 1969 was the month that saw the real beginning of the Troubles in the North. British troops were sent into Northern Ireland supposedly as a “stop gap”, but one that would remain for decades. Ten months earlier, the repression of a civil rights protest on the streets of Derry saw the situation erupt with ...

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Free Derry – legacy of working-class resistance

By Seamus McLaughlin Free Derry has a proud place in the history of radicalism in Northern Ireland, when ordinary people took the initiative and resolutely showed that the working class can independently organise itself. After a brief respite from civil rights activism in December 1968, the Northern Ireland state found itself again on the defensive in January 1969, after a ...

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October 1968 – Mass revolt against sectarianism & poverty

By Ciaran Mulholland In a few brief months in late 1968, a mass movement challenged the Unionist government at Stormont and briefly posed the possibility of a revolutionary transformation of society here. Young people, in particular, rejected not just the misrule of the Unionist Party but also the deadening conservatism of the equally sectarian Nationalist Party. They turned to the ...

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