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Why did Protestants feel threatened by the emergence of the Civil Rights movement in the late 1960s? The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) was founded in 1967 The main aims of NICRA were that its members wanted all citizens of Northern Ireland to have equal rights and they wanted to end sectarian discrimination in employment, education, housing and other areas. The Civil Rights movement was supported by the Catholics and Socialists; however some Protestants supported it as well. This was to end all forms of discrimination and segregation. Nevertheless, the majority of Protestants felt threatened by the emergence of the Civil Rights movement and did not feel that it should be allowed to progress. ...read more.

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However they did not think that the Civil Rights movement was a step towards a united Ireland because they thought that the Catholics liked what they gained from British rule, for example, free health care. Some of the NICRA members were socialist and so wanted the wealth of Northern Ireland to be divided equally among everyone; however the moderate Protestants felt threatened that they would be the leading class and would have to share their social status and wealth with the Catholics. The main reason that the moderate Protestants felt threatened by was the fact that Catholics had children more quickly than Protestants did and so they would become the minority in Northern Ireland. ...read more.

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They, like the moderate Protestants, felt threatened because they thought that Protestants would become a minority and soon there would be a 'Rome Rule'. This meant that Northern Ireland would unite with the Republic of Ireland and would have to live under the Pope and follow Catholicism. Protestants felt that if a united Ireland came out, their own culture would be wiped out and they would have to follow the Catholics way of life. Overall, both moderate and hardliner Protestants felt threatened by the emergence of the Civil Rights movement in the late 1960s; however both types feel threatened for different reasons. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jainee Shah 11P ...read more.

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