Tuesday, August 12, 2008

on this day

in 1969, the Royal Ulster Constabulary used tear gas for the first time in its history after nine hours of rioting in the Bogside area of Londonderry.

Being quite young I didn't really understand what was going on and IIRC I tended to go with the orthodoxy of the time - Catholics bad, protestants good. It took a few years before I fully understood the civil rights issues and how Catholics were discriminated against in housing and jobs - not that that justifies terrorism.

This graph shows that following the Good Friday agreement there is still a significant difference in employments rates.

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