Thursday June 4, 2020

A short walk, but a long struggle

Fifty years ago this Friday, the North witnessed its first ever civil rights march: a four-mile walk from Coalisland to Dungannon in Co Tyrone. The protest lit the fuse for a firestorm of political tumult that has yet to fully play out

19th August, 2018
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On August 24, 1968, the first ever civil rights march sets off from Coalisland on the four- mile walk to Dungannon Picture: Belfast Telegraph

This Friday, August 24, marks the 50th anniversary of the first ever civil rights march in the North. It was attended by about a thousand people. They carried placards demanding an end to discrimination in housing, jobs and the local electoral franchise. That Saturday afternoon, they walked the four miles from Coalisland to nearby Dungannon.

On arrival, a police roadblock prevented them entering the town proper and they were informed by the RUC that their entry...

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