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The Troubles: Historical Photos Depict Northern Ireland Conflict During The 1970s

The troubles is a common name of Northern-nationalist conflicts in Northern Ireland, which began in the late 1960s and is usually deemed to have ended with the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. It lasted for 33 years and led to over 3,000 deaths, including 1,617 in Belfast alone.

Britain invaded Ireland and claimed ownership. In 1919, the Irish revolted against British rule. An Independent Irish state came into being with 26 southern counties, however; however the six counties of Northern Ireland remained part of the United Kingdom. The two separate ideologies and political instability in Norther Ireland sparked the conflict in 1966. The majority of the population supported unification with Britain and significant number of people also supported reunification with the Republic of Ireland. In 1969, the British military intervened to restore the law and order.

#1 British soldier arrests a demonstrator in Derry on Bloody Sunday 1972.

British soldier arrests a demonstrator in Derry on Bloody Sunday 1972.

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#2 Boy throwing stones at British soldiers in Northern Ireland, 1971.

Boy throwing stones at British soldiers in Northern Ireland, 1971.

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#3 A commandeered bus is driven backwards through a picket of women who want the violence to end during riots on the Falls Road, Belfast, 3rd July 1970.

A commandeered bus is driven backwards through a picket of women who want the violence to end during riots on the Falls Road, Belfast, 3rd July 1970.

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#4 With the fear of being burnt out, Protestant householders move some of their belongings from a street in the Ardoyne area of Belfast, Northern Ireland on August 10, 1971.

With the fear of being burnt out, Protestant householders move some of their belongings from a street in the Ardoyne area of Belfast, Northern Ireland on August 10, 1971.

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#5 Schoolboys cheer adn chant from a pile of burnt-out busses and lorries in the aftermath of the riots. 9 Feb, 1971

Schoolboys cheer adn chant from a pile of burnt-out busses and lorries in the aftermath of the riots. 9 Feb, 1971

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#6 At the height of the blaze, flames leap from a 12-acre timber yard in Belfast’s dockland. The fire raged for three hours before it was brought under control. 10 Feb, 1971

At the height of the blaze, flames leap from a 12-acre timber yard in Belfast’s dockland. The fire raged for three hours before it was brought under control. 10 Feb, 1971

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#7 Vehicles burn in the New Lodge Road area of Belfast when a crowd of about 200 set fire to cars, vans and lorries after an army scout car ran over and killed a five-year-old girl. 8 Feb, 1971

Vehicles burn in the New Lodge Road area of Belfast when a crowd of about 200 set fire to cars, vans and lorries after an army scout car ran over and killed a five-year-old girl. 8 Feb, 1971

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#8 Devastation at a bomb damaged police station in Chichester Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland in November 1971, in which a police inspector died.

Devastation at a bomb damaged police station in Chichester Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland in November 1971, in which a police inspector died.

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#9 Soldiers changing a flat tyre on a car outside an Army base in Londonderry.

Soldiers changing a flat tyre on a car outside an Army base in Londonderry.

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#10 This former airfield is now the internment camp for IRA detainees. The hutments now have central heating and other modern amenities. The camp is called Long Kesh. The airfield was built 30 years ago and used by bombers taking off for Germany.

This former airfield is now the internment camp for IRA detainees. The hutments now have central heating and other modern amenities. The camp is called Long Kesh. The airfield was built 30 years ago and used by bombers taking off for Germany.

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#11 Mother Teresa making friends with Belfast children, where she is to start a mission in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Nov. 6, 1971.

Mother Teresa making friends with Belfast children, where she is to start a mission in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Nov. 6, 1971.

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#12 Bernadette Devlin, Member of Parliament for Mid-Ulster, during her all-night picked of Number Ten Downing Street, London on Oct. 20, 1971.

Bernadette Devlin, Member of Parliament for Mid-Ulster, during her all-night picked of Number Ten Downing Street, London on Oct. 20, 1971.

at the start of her campaign to mobilize London’s 250,000 Irish people to disrupt the capital. Irish workers, she said, would interfere with government until the demands of the people of Northern Ireland were granted.

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#13 A crowd of demonstrators passing British soldiers in Leeson St. in the Falls Road area of Belfast, July 1970.

A crowd of demonstrators passing British soldiers in Leeson St. in the Falls Road area of Belfast, July 1970.

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#14 Armed British soldiers impose a curfew on the Falls Road in Belfast, July 1970.

Armed British soldiers impose a curfew on the Falls Road in Belfast, July 1970.

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#15 Armed British troops take up defensive positions on the Falls Road, 4th July 1970. 5 Catholics were killed, 60 injured and many homes devastated when the British Army imposed a curfew in the Falls Road.

Armed British troops take up defensive positions on the Falls Road, 4th July 1970. 5 Catholics were killed, 60 injured and many homes devastated when the British Army imposed a curfew in the Falls Road.

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#16 An armed British soldier on patrol in Belfast, 24th March 1971.

An armed British soldier on patrol in Belfast, 24th March 1971.

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#17 A car explodes after troops carried out a controlled explosion of a suspected bomb in Belfast, 17th November 1971.

A car explodes after troops carried out a controlled explosion of a suspected bomb in Belfast, 17th November 1971.

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#18 On patrol in Little Patrick Street, Belfast, 1973.

On patrol in Little Patrick Street, Belfast, 1973.

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#20 Three British soldiers, two armed with automatic rifles, and man at left with a Stirling sub-machinegun, shelter behind a wall in the Andersonstown area of Belfast, Northern Ireland on Nov. 1, 1971, during riots which followed the shooting of two policemen.

Three British soldiers, two armed with automatic rifles, and man at left with a Stirling sub-machinegun, shelter behind a wall in the Andersonstown area of Belfast, Northern Ireland on Nov. 1, 1971, during riots which followed the shooting of two policemen.

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#21 Children drawing pro Irish Republican Army notes with chalk on the pavement, such as Up the IRA, in Leeson Street in Belfast, Northern Ireland on August 17, 1971.

Children drawing pro Irish Republican Army notes with chalk on the pavement, such as Up the IRA, in Leeson Street in Belfast, Northern Ireland on August 17, 1971.

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#22 British troops take up positions in the doorways of shops near Eliza street, in the markets area of Belfast, a short distance from the city centre of Northern Irelands capital. Area was the scene of continued bitter fighting as British forces clashed with elements of the Irish Republican Army provis

British troops take up positions in the doorways of shops near Eliza street, in the markets area of Belfast, a short distance from the city centre of Northern Irelands capital. Area was the scene of continued bitter fighting as British forces clashed with elements of the Irish Republican Army provis

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#23 Joe Cahill (centre) school gym Ballymurphy northern ireland speaking talking, chief of the Provisionals in Belfast, who during Press conference refuted claims made by the army a few hours earlier that the IRA were virtually beaten, 13 Aug, 1971.

Joe Cahill (centre) school gym Ballymurphy northern ireland speaking talking, chief of the Provisionals in Belfast, who during Press conference refuted claims made by the army a few hours earlier that the IRA were virtually beaten, 13 Aug, 1971.

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#24 People of Ballymurphy estate pay their respects to Reverend Hugh Mullan as his coffin leaves Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church after Requiem Mass.

People of Ballymurphy estate pay their respects to Reverend Hugh Mullan as his coffin leaves Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church after Requiem Mass.

Father Hugh, 37, was killed during Monday night’s bloodbath in Belfast, which occurred after the announcement of internment of terrorists, after attempting to give last rites to a wounded parishioner. He was curate of St John’s in Falls Road and he will be buried in his home town of Portaferry in County Down, Northern Ireland

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#25 Mourners file past the coffin of Father Hugh Mullan, at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church on the Ballymurphy estate after Requiem Mass, 11 Aug, 1971

Mourners file past the coffin of Father Hugh Mullan, at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church on the Ballymurphy estate after Requiem Mass, 11 Aug, 1971

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#26 Father Hugh Mullan, 40, of St John’s Presbytery, Falls Road, the priest who was shot and killed when administering the last rites to a casualty in riots near the Ballymurphy estate earlier today, 10 Aug, 1971

Father Hugh Mullan, 40, of St John’s Presbytery, Falls Road, the priest who was shot and killed when administering the last rites to a casualty in riots near the Ballymurphy estate earlier today, 10 Aug, 1971

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#27 An old woman, a rosary dangling from her neck, clasps her hands on finding a British Army sharpshooter on her door step in Belfast’s market area as troops flushed out snipers barricaded in bakery in Northern Ireland capital on August 11, 1971.

An old woman, a rosary dangling from her neck, clasps her hands on finding a British Army sharpshooter on her door step in Belfast’s market area as troops flushed out snipers barricaded in bakery in Northern Ireland capital on August 11, 1971.

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#28 British troops straddle a main road near the Catholic Unity flats in Belfast, Northern Ireland

British troops straddle a main road near the Catholic Unity flats in Belfast, Northern Ireland

During a lull in the recent current wave of disorders which had flared up in a show of strength by a breakaway group of the Irish Republican Army earlier in the week. Club wielding republican extremists had forcefully halted traffic during the funerals of catholic riot victims. 2 Nov, 1971

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#29 A youth tarred and feathered tied to a lamp post in the Falls Road area of Belfast. He is one of three who received such treatment in the past 24 hours. 10 Jan, 1971

A youth tarred and feathered tied to a lamp post in the Falls Road area of Belfast. He is one of three who received such treatment in the past 24 hours. 10 Jan, 1971

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#30 British troops sift through the ruins of a supermarket after a bomb exploded in Cavehill Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1971.

British troops sift through the ruins of a supermarket after a bomb exploded in Cavehill Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1971.

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#31 Flames leap into the air from a double decker bus when rioters used it as a blazing barricade in the Roman Catholic Falls Road area of Belfast. Violence broke out in Springfield Road after police and troops carried out an arms. 3 Feb, 1971

Flames leap into the air from a double decker bus when rioters used it as a blazing barricade in the Roman Catholic Falls Road area of Belfast. Violence broke out in Springfield Road after police and troops carried out an arms. 3 Feb, 1971

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#32 Wreckage left by a terrorist bombing at the Hunting Lodge Inn in Andersontown, Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1971.

Wreckage left by a terrorist bombing at the Hunting Lodge Inn in Andersontown, Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1971.

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#33 A factory building on fire in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1971.

A factory building on fire in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1971.

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#34 Protestant leader Reverend Ian Paisley, behind crown bearer, leads the Protestant Easter March through Armagh, Northern Ireland, while British troops stand guard on Easter Saturday, April 10, 1971.

Protestant leader Reverend Ian Paisley, behind crown bearer, leads the Protestant Easter March through Armagh, Northern Ireland, while British troops stand guard on Easter Saturday, April 10, 1971.

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#35 Bernadette Devlin, 24-year-old member of Parliament for Mid-Ulster, who has announced that she is soon to have a baby, addresses a political protest meeting in London’s Trafalgar Square by the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Movement, July 11, 1971.

Bernadette Devlin, 24-year-old member of Parliament for Mid-Ulster, who has announced that she is soon to have a baby, addresses a political protest meeting in London’s Trafalgar Square by the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Movement, July 11, 1971.

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#36 Brian Faulkner, Northern Ireland Prime Minister and the man faced with the task of ending the eruption of terrorism, street fighting and bloodshed in the Province

Brian Faulkner, Northern Ireland Prime Minister and the man faced with the task of ending the eruption of terrorism, street fighting and bloodshed in the Province

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#37 Breaking away from her 48 hour vigil outside No. 10 Downing Street, Bernadette Devlin, Member of Parliament for Mid-Ulster, went to the London School of Economics, on Oct. 20, 1971

Breaking away from her 48 hour vigil outside No. 10 Downing Street, Bernadette Devlin, Member of Parliament for Mid-Ulster, went to the London School of Economics, on Oct. 20, 1971

to demand that students take over some colleges and universities in Britain to show solidarity against the British Government’s handling of the Northern Ireland situation. Devlin rests waiting for her turn to address the students.

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#38 Security men examine the damage caused by a terrorist bomb detonated in the Youth Employment Office in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Nov. 2, 1971.

Security men examine the damage caused by a terrorist bomb detonated in the Youth Employment Office in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Nov. 2, 1971.

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#39 Rescuers search the wreckage of the Red Lion Bar in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where a terrorist bomb, killed two and injured over thirty persons on November 2, 1971.

Rescuers search the wreckage of the Red Lion Bar in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where a terrorist bomb, killed two and injured over thirty persons on November 2, 1971.

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#40 A British soldier stands guard as bystanders wait to get a view of operations by the army bomb disposal squad in Northern Ireland on Nov. 11, 1971 after an explosive device had been planted near the city centre.

A British soldier stands guard as bystanders wait to get a view of operations by the army bomb disposal squad in Northern Ireland on Nov. 11, 1971 after an explosive device had been planted near the city centre.

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#41 Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Brian Faulkner and his wife Lady Lucy Faulkner during a private reception at the Ulster office with Mr Reginald Maulding

Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Brian Faulkner and his wife Lady Lucy Faulkner during a private reception at the Ulster office with Mr Reginald Maulding

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#42 The aftermath of the North Street Arcade in the city center of Belfast, Northern Ireland after it was hit by a bomb blast which wrecked eight shops, shown Nov. 6, 1971.

The aftermath of the North Street Arcade in the city center of Belfast, Northern Ireland after it was hit by a bomb blast which wrecked eight shops, shown Nov. 6, 1971.

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#43 British soldiers impose a curfew on the Falls Road in Belfast, July 1970.

British soldiers impose a curfew on the Falls Road in Belfast, July 1970.

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#44 Armed British soldiers impose a curfew on the Falls Road in Belfast, July 1970.

Armed British soldiers impose a curfew on the Falls Road in Belfast, July 1970.

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#45 Children mocking an Army patrol in Belfast, July 1970.

Children mocking an Army patrol in Belfast, July 1970.

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#46 Civil rights marchers in Belfast demonstrating against British policy in Northern Ireland, 10th July 1970.

Civil rights marchers in Belfast demonstrating against British policy in Northern Ireland, 10th July 1970.

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#47 A British soldier searching a Belfast teenager, 1971.

A British soldier searching a Belfast teenager, 1971.

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#48 A woman offers a cup of tea to a soldier manning a check point in a Belfast street, 20th April 1971.

A woman offers a cup of tea to a soldier manning a check point in a Belfast street, 20th April 1971.

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#49 British troops searching a civilian in Belfast, 12th August 1971.

British troops searching a civilian in Belfast, 12th August 1971.

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#50 A young woman injured during a shooting incident in Belfast is carried out of a chemists shop by ambulance men, 28th November 1971.

A young woman injured during a shooting incident in Belfast is carried out of a chemists shop by ambulance men, 28th November 1971.

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#51 Schoolboys giggling while a soldier searches them in a street in the Ardoyne area of Belfast, 7th December 1971.

Schoolboys giggling while a soldier searches them in a street in the Ardoyne area of Belfast, 7th December 1971.

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#52 Armed British soldiers on patrol in Lisbon Street, Belfast, during the Official IRAs unconditional ceasefire, 1972.

Armed British soldiers on patrol in Lisbon Street, Belfast, during the Official IRAs unconditional ceasefire, 1972.

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#53 Firemen tend to a wounded victim of an Irish Republican Army car bomb explosion in Donegal Street, Belfast. The blast killed 6 people and injured 146, 1972.

Firemen tend to a wounded victim of an Irish Republican Army car bomb explosion in Donegal Street, Belfast. The blast killed 6 people and injured 146, 1972.

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#54 Members of the Gordon Highlanders on patrol, 1973.

Members of the Gordon Highlanders on patrol, 1973.

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#55 British soldiers man a checkpoint, Belfast, 1973.

British soldiers man a checkpoint, Belfast, 1973.

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#56 The aftermath of a terrorist bombing, 1972.

The aftermath of a terrorist bombing, 1972.

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#57 A soldier fires off a baton round, Northern Ireland, 1972.

A soldier fires off a baton round, Northern Ireland, 1972.

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#58 A British Army Humber Pig passes through a burning barricade, 1972.

A British Army Humber Pig passes through a burning barricade, 1972.

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#59 Members of 321 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, detonate a device near the Irish border, 1975.

Members of 321 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, detonate a device near the Irish border, 1975.

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#60 Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, man a watchtower in Crossmaglen, South Armagh, 1977.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, man a watchtower in Crossmaglen, South Armagh, 1977.

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#61 Members of 321 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, with a defused 660lbs ammonium nitrate bomb, Omagh, 1974.

Members of 321 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, with a defused 660lbs ammonium nitrate bomb, Omagh, 1974.

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#62 A British Army base in South Armagh, 1977.

A British Army base in South Armagh, 1977.

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#63 An RUC officer and Royal Military Policeman stand guard by a bombed building, 1979.

An RUC officer and Royal Military Policeman stand guard by a bombed building, 1979.

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#64 Captain David Stewardson, 29,who was a Royal Army Ordnance Corps Disposal expert died in a Belfast hospital of bomb blast wounds after a booby trap bomb he was defusing exploded. 9 Sep, 1971

Captain David Stewardson, 29,who was a Royal Army Ordnance Corps Disposal expert died in a Belfast hospital of bomb blast wounds after a booby trap bomb he was defusing exploded. 9 Sep, 1971

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#65 Joe Cahill, chief of the Provisionals in Belfast, at a Press conference held in a school gymnasium in Belfast’s Ballymurphy district and is attended by several leading members of the Republican movement, who heard an anonymous spokesman of the IRA deny the Army’s claims of virtual victory.

Joe Cahill, chief of the Provisionals in Belfast, at a Press conference held in a school gymnasium in Belfast’s Ballymurphy district and is attended by several leading members of the Republican movement, who heard an anonymous spokesman of the IRA deny the Army’s claims of virtual victory.

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#67 Armed British soldiers restrain a young civilian in the streets of Belfast, 3rd July 1970.

Armed British soldiers restrain a young civilian in the streets of Belfast, 3rd July 1970.

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