On this day, August 14, 1969, the Bogside area of Derry, Occupied 6, North of Ireland, had been a battleground for 2 continuous days. The overmatched pigs of the Roughing Up Catholics (RUC) had felt centuries of pent up Nationalist/Catholic rage explode in their collective faces. Free Derry was proclaimed a no go area and the whole of the community became involved in the Battle of the Bogside. Rioting broke out elsewhere in the O6, namely Belfast, Newry, and Armagh. On this night loyalist mobs burned Catholic homes on Bombay Street in Belfast forcing 1, 500 Catholics from their homes. The battle in Derry was so severe that a critical decision was made that would force the Battle into an all out urban guerilla war that continues albeit on a smaller scale today. The then HPIC (Head Pig in Charge), the so called prime minister of the North of Ireland, James Chichester-Clarke, asked for and received from the british prime minister, Harold Wilso
n, troops from the british army for deployment in Derry. A temporary truce was established as the Bogsiders went peacefully back to their homes, for now. At first, the brits were welcomed by the Nationalist/Catholic community; being seen as an impartial force to keep the loyalists and RUC away from them. Some residents even gave the soldiers tea and cookies as they manned checkpoints. The honeymoon would not last long at all. Operation Banner, as the brits called the “temporary” deployment in 1969, officially ended in 2010, yet, the brits decided to leave a PERMANENT garrison of 5,000 troops in the Occupied 6 for, “Deployment to various theaters of operations around the world.” We, the Fenians of Ireland, know different. The lasting legacy of the Battle of the Bogside is that armed resistance is the only thing the brits and their collaborating murdering supporters understand. BRITS OUT NOW.