50 Years Ago – 28 December 1971

28 December 1971

After a two-day period of no violence in the Province of Northern Ireland, a number of shootings took place overnight, although the military said that the situation was under control. In the Catholic area of Turf Lodge, around 60 youths threw stones at a patrol unit of the Scots Guards.

A march of around 200 people, including uniformed nurses, priests and schoolchildren, walked through the centre of Manchester to protest about the abortion laws.

Brian Faulkner, the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, said that he wanted the BBC to stop its plans to hold a television debate about the future of the Province. Faulkner claimed that the programme, which already included the MP Bernadette Devlin, risked becoming a platform for extremists.