NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
12th August, 1971 : In four days of violence in Belfast 5,000 Catholics and 2,000 Protestants have had their homes burnt to the ground. In new terror tactics gunmen shot their way into homes, sprinkled the furniture with petrol and set it alight. Some owners were forced into the streets with only the clothes they wore and a loaf of bread and a bottle of milk. The homeless are being cared for at 18 halls and schools in the city. Many have taken to the countryside in search of a bed. Others have gone south by train and are being accommodated in camps.