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How have the following three events contributed to the conflict in Northern Ireland since 1968? Internment, Bloody Sunday, and The Hunger Strikes.

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Florencia Rubio 10CB. How have the following three events contributed to the conflict in Northern Ireland since 1968? * Internment * Bloody Sunday * The Hunger Strikes. All three of these events, Internment, Bloody Sunday and The Hunger Strikes, have contributed in a large way to the conflict in Northern Ireland between Catholics and Protestants since 1968. All three of the events are linked in some way to each other. In the summer of 1969 there was a huge march that was called 'The Londonderry Apprentice Boys' march' this was followed by large-scale riots between police and residents of the Catholic Bogside district, in what became the Battle of the Bogside. In August the British government agreed to send in troops to keep the people that were fighting apart. When the troops first entered Northern Ireland they were in the 'Honeymoon period' because they were neutral. The Nationalists welcomed them because they thought that would defend Catholic areas. ...read more.

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As a direct response, residents on Londonderry and Belfast set up barricades with the help of IRA activists. These barricades kept out loyalist attackers these became no-go areas for everyone, which allowed the IRA to make more bombs, train more activists and increase attacks on soldiers. Catholics were outraged with the attitude towards internment and on Sunday 30th January 1972 there was a huge protest march against internment, this was organised by the civil rights movement. This march turned into the Bloody Sunday march. The march had been banned but the citizens carried on anyway and marched through the streets. 15,000 people gathered in the centre of the city to hold the protest. There was a lot confusion about the events that followed. The soldiers said that they were fired on first and returned the fire. 13 marchers that were all apparently unarmed were killed many of them were shot in the back which shows that they were running away from the soldiers and trying to escape. ...read more.

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The Hunger strikes showed how non-violent action could generate enormous public attention, generally positive rather than the negative publicity the bombs attracted. If Internment hadn't have been introduced then these prisoners wouldn't have gone on the hunger strikes and some of them die because of it. Bobby Sands died a few months after the election, 10 other hunger strikers died all of their funerals were spectacular full of people wanting to show respect for what these people did. All three of these events that happened played a big role in the amount of conflict in Northern Ireland. They all brought havoc to the people involved. With the introduction of internment it brought the march against it which turned into the Bloody Sunday fight. Also because of internment the members of the IRA that were put into prison went on hunger strikes, and more people lost their lives. Even if Internment hadn't been introduced there still would be been conflict but not on such a big scale. ...read more.

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