People's Democracy was a radical group within the Civil Rights movement in Northern Ireland. In 1969 they organised a march from Belfast to Londonderry. As they approached their destination, they were attacked at Burntollet by gangs of men. These were mostly Loyalists. Radical activist Bernadette Devlin was one of the leading figures on the march and she recalls the events and the actions of the police in particular.
Students could focus on the role and attitudes of the police during the march and the attack at Burntollet. What does their reaction suggest about the main factors which led to the People's Democracy march? What effects did the incident have on the Northern Irish political situation?