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Northern Ireland / Political Prisoners' Inmate Life #254338

CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 26, 1977
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(Studio) Has been over 8 years since British troops were sent to North Ireland to stop violence between Protestants and Catholics. Since then, many have been killed and arrested.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Belfast, North Ireland) Report on prisons and inmates of North Ireland conflict. Long Kesh camp, called the Maze Prison, is just outside Belfast; film being shown was rptdly. taken inside prison during past summer with smuggled camera, and Is of convicted Protestant terrorists. However, life for Catholic inmates of IRA (Irish Republican Army) rptdly. much same. Type of lifestyle began with inmate hunger strike in 1972, when IRA (Irish Republican Army) convicts claimed to be POW's. Details of life cited, include classroom instruction. Classes allegedly include training in use of rifles and how to make them and in sniping. (Alleged IRA (Irish Republican Army) photograph shown.) [Prison guard spokesperson Desmond IRVINE - says these activities probably take place after dark when prisoners locked in huts; there's nothing that can be done to stop it.] John White was recently Protestant military commander inside prison. [WHITE - says there's war situation inside and both sides have committed acts of terrorism. Consider selves POW's.] Mrs. Bernie McMullen has 2 sons in prison, 1 for murder of British soldier, 1 for attempted murder of policeman. [Mrs. McMULLEN- says sons haven't broken in anywhere or murdered. Says they are fighting for love of cntry., not personal gain, and are in state of war. Is proud of them.] As of March, 1976, jailed terrorists no longer treated as privileged prisoners, but those who do enjoy such life have been allowed to continue it because officials fear prison bloodbath if prisoners' political status denied.

Cronkite, Walter;
Lee, Mike

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