-Blood in the Streets of Ireland: History Of the IRA: Part 13- The Troubles -
Before we can really discuss the Provisional Ira or anything else really, we have to discuss the conflict which they were involved in-The Troubles. Lasting from the late 1960s to 1998, the troubles took place mostly in Northern Ireland, though Ireland, England, and other countries in Europe were also affected. Many factors led to the start of The Troubles, such as the divide between the Nationalists, who wanted Northern Ireland to leave the UK, and the loyalists, who wanted to remain, plus we have to factor in the difference in religions. The Nationalists were mostly Catholics, and the loyalists were mostly Protestant. One key event which debatably started the whole thing was the uprising of the Northern Ireland Civil rights association protesting the discrimination of Catholics by Government and police, which resulted in accusations of police brutality. To tame the civil unrest, British soldiers were sent in August of 1969 to keep the peace, even “peace walls” were built. These actions led to more resentment of the British government from the Irish perspective.
Combatants included the Provisional Ira, the Official IRA, Irish National liberation army, vs the Loyalist Ulster volunteer force, the Ulster defense force, and the Red hand commando, and finally the British Government, the Royal Ulster Constabulary, and the Irish Government. There were smaller forces on all three sides, though these were the main ones.
The Troubles went for three decades and ended with the Good Friday agreement.
Key events, dates, people etc will get a separate part. Stay tuned.
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