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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta THE IETHBRIDGI HERALD Saturday, June 16, 197} British troops claim information flow has hel ped curb Irish violence A makeshift bus composed of a tractor and trailer evacuates Cambodian villagers rear Phnam Penh. The refugees were fleeing a pocket of heavy fighting. By PATRICK MASSEY BELFAST (Reuter) At the shabby concer hall in a Roman Catholic neighborhood, the jaunty tenor began to sing. The tune was traditional. The words were new. "This old man, he played one, shot a soldier with a Thompson gun. "With a nick-nack paddy- wack. The audience roared appre- ciation. Some distance from the hall British soldiers patrolled warily, watching for flashes of gunfire to jump out of the dusk. The soldiers and their officers were keenly aware that, for all the current hopes of political settlement in Northern Ireland, many more people are likely to die before the guns are finally put away. "This old man, he played two, "He shot a soldier with a twenty-two. I are far from beaten, despite their losses. An official analysis of death notices in the local press put the number of IRA men killed between 1969 and May, 1973 at 123. Of these, about 50 blew themselves up with their own bombs.. Security forces' losses in the same period totalled 220 troops and 37 policemen killed. "They're losing more men than we one ardent Provi- sional supporter claimed. can always get more men. The boys can go on for another 10 years if Whether this is bravado or re- flects majority Catholic senti- ment in the slums of Belfast and Londonderry is hard to shooting of prisoners is preva- open as long as customers, lent. I want. "We have no knowledge of any incidents other than those cases where men have been the spokesman said. In the Lower Falls, the most decrepit of Belfast's Catholic districts, soldiers do most of their patrolling in armored car- riers. "This old man, he played j four. 'He shot a soldier knocking j at the door. j NO GLARE! POIARESD IBISES corsppJetefy "sfimbwte from water highways sncf beaches. And now voo can have in ynjr own prescription! DnvE PKJPB See more cieariy Framed n our angy new ovais w octegona, the mtrng of Eyo> Ooctor's prescriptions Children t Progress In senior military circles it is 1 claimed that crushing blows j have been dealt smce the start of 1973 against the violent Provisional wing of the Irish j Republican Army. 1 Officers point to a total of more than 600 known and sus- pected guerrillas put behind bars since last Jan. 1 and large but unspecified numbers of oth- ers shot in action. The army says information now is flowing in from ordinary i civilians tired of the conflict I that has claimed more than 800 j lives in less than four years But the army admits military j pressure can never bring peace j without simulanous drives to' heal social, political and eco- j nomic grievances. In the concert hall, the crowd was warming up. old man, he played i three. 1 "He shot a soldier with a (au- j dience joins in) three-o-three. j Defiant Roman Catholics close to the gauge. Certainly the outsider visiting these areas gets plenty of evi- dence that anti-army feeling is high. Complaints of army brutality abound. Young men claim they are arbitrarily arrested on the street. Frequently, say the Catholics, they are held for several hours, beaten, abused and questioned over and over again. One Cath- olic claimed that soldiers ar- rested his son, held him for sev- eral hours and then drove him to the fanatically Protestant Shankill Road district before j setting him free j For a Catholic to be caught walking the Shankill Road can mean disfigurement or even death. British officers deny brutality is widespread. They point out that forcible interrogation meth- j ods have been specifically for- j bidden by Prime Minister Heath. i Recently there have been complaints that soldiers have shot known IRA men out hand after capture. The Noi em Ireland Civil Rights Assici- ation claims to have evidence of nine cases Three British soldiers are un- 1 der arrest on charges of mur- der or attempted murder. But a British army spokes- provisional say the guerrillas man denied vigorously that the Thank You Weve made it! LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE BAND UNIFORM SOCIETY Dangerous From time to time a civilian policeman travels with a mili- tary patrol into the Catholic strongholds, just to demonstrate the principle that there are no longer any "no-go areas But a policeman who walked alone in an area such as Lower Falls would be taking his life in his hands. The ai-my has experimented with unarmed military police patrols in Catholic sections ofj Londonderry. But soldiers withj guns have never let them far j out of sight Similar patrols are planned for Belfast. The idea is to grad- ually accustom these districts to the idea of an ordinary police presence such as they have not known for two years j Everyday law enforcement in t the Catholic strongholds is vir-j tually non-existent., A form of rought justice is practised by local vigilantes, including some IRA men. who will punish such offences as theft and sexual as- sault. Usually the punishment takes the form of a beating or tan-ing and feathering. But there is nobody to enforce such matters as payment of taxes. Many of the bars operate without liquor licences and stay For more than 18 months, thousands of Catholics have been operating a rent strike in protest against internment with- out trial. The civil rights organ- ization estimates about Ulster families are withholding either rent or local property taxes. "This old man, he played five, "He shot a soldier with a (au- dience roars) forty-five i Deduct pay Northern Ireland authorities j are bringing in new alws to en-1 able back rent to be extracted' from wage packets or social se- curity benefits. For all the apparent con- fidence ot the Provisionals, with their unswerving demands for total British withdrawal, signs of war-weariness are evident, j Many Catholics appear ready to accept a compromise which' would safeguard their rights' against infringement by the j Protestant majority. The, strength of this opinion Cannot i be really tested until the June 28 elections for a new Northern i Ireland assembly. 1 The newly created and non-1 sectarian Alliance party is plas-' tering walls across Northern Ireland with posters declaring tide is turning." Among Protestants, the Brit-1 ish plan for giving Catholics a' share in political power is, viewed with no great en- thusiasm. At best there is reluc- tant acceptance. In the Protestant slums of the i Shankill Road. anti-Catholic ha-1 treds seem high as ever. The! locals talk only reluctantly to outsiders. When they do, it is i usually a bitter tirade against i Britain for allowing the "Fe-, nians" or "leagues" to use gun and bomb to wreck old in- stitutions of Protestant power. Even among prosperous, middle-class Protestants, the hatreds come through in con- versation. Habit of peace British official policy appears aimed at keeping the atmos- phere cool at all costs, in hopes that peace will somehow be- come a habit. The army's brief is to show a swift and decisive presence at scenes of trouble, otherwise to maintain minimum profile An increasing amount of army work is being done by plainclothes surveillance squads and undercover men. Officially the army does not admit the ex- istence of these groups. In both Catholic and Protes- tant districts residents now take a second look at visitors such as window cleaners and tele- vision repairmen. Information gathered by soldiers in these guises has played a big part lately in army roundups. Just how many people in Northern Ireland are ready for peace should be indicated in the assembly elections. But there will undoubtedly remain a hard core anxious to keep up the fight. In the concert hall, the song reaches a crescendo. To wild cheers the tenor belts out the last verse. "This old man, he played ten, "When the war is over then we'll start it up again. "With a nick-nack paddy- wack. PARKSIDE COIN-OP LAUNDRY DRY CLEAN 2634 SOUTH PARSIDE DRIVE SUMMER HOURS LAUNDRY SECTION- 8 A.M. TO 11 P.M. EVERDAY DRYCLEAN SECTION- 8 A.M. TO 6 P.M. EXCEPT SUNDAY AND HOLIDAYS 12 INGLIS WASHERS Big 12-lb. 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