The Professionals – A leaflet warning civilians not to Fraternise with the RUC and British Army
At this time following Bloody Sunday there was a lot of mistrust among the Catholic/Nationalist/Republican communities in the area – the RUC and British Army were to be avoided
The Struggle continues
This leaflet was issued by Derry Young Socialists in response to the Battle of the Bogside 1969.
Christmas card with Santa being held up by British Army
Not even Santa Clause was immune to harassment. The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association used whatever means they could to communicate what was happening in Northern Ireland.
Intimidation and Harassment
Would this happen today?
Plastic bullets were developed to be used against rioters in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and replaced rubber bullets as a non-lethal weapon. 17 people, 8 of them children were killed by rubber bullets fired by the security forces during the troubles in Northern Ireland. Thousands were injured.
Poster of soldier in half civilian clothes
This leaflet is warning civilians to be careful what they discuss in public for fear of being overheard by the RUC or British Army. This leaflet is likely from the time that Captain Robert Nairac, a British army officer was abducted from a pub in South County Armagh. Nairac spent the evening socialising in a known nationalist pub, allegedly even joining the band on stage to sing republican songs, he was using an Irish accent.
He drew attention to himself as it was a warm night and he hadn’t removed his jacket which was concealing his weapon. He was possibly lured or followed outside where he was abducted, interrogated and shot dead. He didn’t reveal his identity and his body has never been found.
Disband the RUC Poster
The Catholic/Nationalist/Republican communities did not feel that the RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary) were there to protect them and would have avoided all contact. The RUC was a predominately Protestant/Loyalist/Unionist organisation with just 8% being from a Catholic background. On recommendation from the Patten Report (1999) the RUC ceased to exist and was replaced by PSNI in order to increase balance of Catholic and Protestant officers.