It was the most active republican paramilitary group during the Troubles. It saw itself as the army of the all-island Irish Republic and as the sole legitimate successor to the original IRA from the Irish War of Independence. It was designated a terrorist organisation in the United Kingdom and an illegal organisation in the Republic of Ireland , both of whose authority it rejected. It was initially the minority faction in the split compared to the Official IRA , but became the dominant faction by
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In Belfast during months of rising tension turned into some of the worst rioting in the city since Although the actual day of the 12th was relatively quiet during the next week or so the sectarian bitterness erupted in the York Street area into serious violent rioting. Initially, the drivers used to outbreaks of violence at that time of the year, the trams continued up and down the street but with the passengers crouching on the floor to avoid the snipers on the rooftops. By the 21 July almost 2, people, mostly Catholic, had fleed their homes after being forcibly evicted often with their furniture burnt in the street. Seven protestants and three Catholics lost their lives with 55 Catholics and 28 Protestants seriously injured.
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With the police pinpointing Belfast city centre as a focal point for prostitutes and the men who pay for their services, Talkback set itself the challenge of contacting and coming face-to-face with a prostitute within the programme's minute running time. We began on websites advertising the services of what are euphemistically called "escorts". After trying a couple of dead lines, we got through to Natasha, a Ukrainian girl in Belfast city centre.
Acts of state violence, and repeated official denials, drove some Northern Irish Catholics to armed resistance. W hen Johnston Brown, a year-old detective with the Royal Ulster Constabulary RUC — the overwhelmingly protestant police force of Northern Ireland — volunteered in late to serve at Andersonstown police barracks in Catholic west Belfast, he was given a few pieces of very clear advice. He should never stop at a red light in west Belfast if it was safe to drive on.