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N. Ireland spawns
deadly offspring

BELFAST, Northern Ireland
OP)-Northern Ireland's children
of hate killed a British soldier
Monday night. They stoned his
scout car in Armagh, smashed
him on the head with a brick,
and cheered as he died when
the car crashed.
Then they bombarded an am-
bulance that came to rescue
another injured crewman in the
car. Two policemen went down
bleeding under the hail of
For Northern Ireland's chil-
dren, the playground has be-
come the battlefield. Often the
youngsters of the Protestant and
Roman Catholic ghettoes are
the front line troops.
Three years of sectarian
shooting has transformed the
innocent games of cowboys and
Indians into a deadly game of
street warfare.
In the Catholic ghettoes, the
boys have become hardened
shock troops for the Irish Re-
publican Army gunmen.
They are sent out to stone
and taunt troops and lure them
into the sniper's sights. The kids
are experts now. When the sol-
diers sweep in to disperse them.
they vanish down side streets at

a prearranged sinaitleavtn
the troopers in the open for the
hidden gunmen to pick off,
The children, ranging in age
from 5 to 6 to teen-aers, reg-
ularly face the crippling rubber
bullets the soldiers fire from
riot guns. So disdainful are they
that the rubber bullets are high-
ly prized as battle trophies.
They reckon the bigest danger
is from the baton-brandishin
"snratch squads" of troopers who
race into the mobs to grab the
kids' leaders.
To the Catho'ie children. the
IRA gunmen are heroes. In
Protestant areas like Belfast's
tough Shankhill district, killers
from the oulawed Ulster Volun-
teer Force are the idols.
The Catholic kids learn how
to make nail bombs, scout for
the gunmen, carry messages
from the IRA's command and
learn avidly. the language of
hate and abuse.
In a recent riot in a Catholic
district of Belfast, a 7-year-old
boy staggered behind a barri-
cade with a milkman's delivery
basket full of milk bottle Molo-
tov cocktails. He had helped to
make them.
See KIDS. Page 9

CHILDREN taunt a British soldier on the streets of Londonderry earlier this year. These childrens'
taunts and games have evolved into one of the deadlies elemeets of the street war in Northern Ire-
land. as bands of youngsters plot to lure soldiers into IRA traps.

page three


Wednesday, August 9, 1972


News Phone: 764-0552

our VYAW jailed

on con

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. 5(4) -
Four Vietnam Veterans Against
the War, who refused to answer
a federal grand jury's questions
about alleged plans for vio-
lence at political conventions,
were ordered back to jail yes-
U. S. District Court Judger
David Middlebrooks signed or-
ders returning them to jail for
contempt until they answer the'
questions or the grand jury
term ends.
'Thot urbe' nitssessiona us
Jsruary and coud r iisession
for 18 morths but the normal
pts'-dure bis tar a isa fedeat
gre:1d jory to be seated eaech
3 . 'raey
A spokesman at VVAW head-
quarters here, Mike Oliver of
Sai Francisco said they were
notified late Monday of thse
contempt order and the four
would present themselves at a
hearing this afternoon.
Six other VVAW members
have been indicted on charges
of conspiring to disrupt the Re-
publican National Convention
at Miami Beach with bursts of
gunfire and fire bombs.
Middlebrooks' order showed
that the four cited for con-
tempt had been asked about
any meeting in Gainesville,
Fla., in May when weapons
such as crossbows, firecrackers
or incendlacy devices were
demronstrated, or any meeting
at which plans were made for
attacking police cars, police
stations or stores in Miami
Beach during either of the na-
tional conventions this summer.
The four first refused to ans-
wer July 12, were granted im-
munity from prosecution by the
U. S. Justice Department on
July 13 but still refused to
Middlebrooks found them in
contempt and sent them to jail
that day. Six days later, they
were freed on an order from
the 5th U. S. Circuit Court of
Appeals in New Orleans on
grounds they should have a full
hearing and that the questions
involved should be part of the
Middlebrookes held the hear-
ing July 25.

tempt charges
He ruled in his. contempt or- phone taps.
der that they should have ans- He said the goverinent
wered the questions and that nied- in July that it had
they had ample opportunity to heard such conversations
consult with attorneys since that allegations -filed last
they were allowed to leave the were not specific enough.
jury room to talk to their law- Ordered jailed were W
yets after each question. Beverly of Austin, Tex.,
The 'judge also rejected al- Chambers of St. Peters
legations that the government Fla., and Jack Jennings
had listened to lawyer - client Bruce Horton, both of Ga
conversations through tele- ville.

t de-

Activists revel plans
for GOP convenltion

JEAN WESTWOOD, chairwoman of the Democratic National
Committee gavels open last night's session at which Sargent
Shriver-George McGovern's choice to replace Thomas Eagleton
on the ticket-was ratified.
Dems approve Shriver

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (A[)_-e
As President Nixon begins his
acceptance speech inside ca-
vernous Convention Hall, dem-
onstrators will flood into the
streets for "nonviolent civil dis-
obedience," according to a pro-
test leaders' scenario.
The carefully scripted plan,
complete with maps and aerial
photos calls for the peaceful
occupation of Washington Ave-
nue in the: front of the hall
and mass sit-ins on Meridian
Avenue to the rear.
"The objective is to surround
the convention with angry pro-
tests as a visible sign of Amer-
ica's refusal to accept a war
criminal as a presidential cats-
So states a 24-page "Man-
ual for the Republican Con-
vention" put together by five
activist groups as a guide for
demonstrators arriving here for
the GOP meeting in Miami
Beach, Aug. 21-23.
The new manual says: "As a
result of many discussions, we
chose to describe the tactics
for this demonstration as 'mili-
tant nonviolent confrontation
"This means that we always
express ourselves in the strong-
est manner possible; that we
remain nonviolent, which
means we don't trash damage
property or attack police."
Police Capt. Ozzie Kruidenier

said authorities have "contin-
gency plans for mass arrests"
in the event of large-scale civil
disobedience in the streets. He
said police will not allow traf-
fice to be blocked and if street
sit-ins occur, "we will have no
recourse but to make arrests.
The manual was prepared by
the Youth International Party,
the People's Coalition f o r
Peace and Justice, the Miami
Women's Coalition, M i a m i
Conventions Coalition and Ef-
feminist Caucus.

Democrats put an end to a
tortured political chapter last
night by naming political novice
Sargent Shriver as the fill-in
vice presidential nominee to
run with Sen. George McGovern.
Shriver responded by pledging
to help reverse "the decline in
the people's spirits."
The 56 year old Kennedy-in
law who has never sought poli-
tical office before was denied
only 80 of the Democratic Na-
tional Committee's 3,016 votes as
he was nominated to fill the
spot vacated by Sen. Thomas
Eagleton of Missouri.
Seventy-three of those votes,
from Missouri went to its still
favorite son, Eagleton.

"I'm not embarrassed to be
George McGovern's seventh
choice for vice president," the
handsome Shriver told the
In the search for a replace-
ment for Eagleton, McGovern
sounded out at least a half
dozen Democrats who rejected
the offer before Shriver ac-
"We Democrats may be short
of money. We're not short of
talent," Shriver said. "Pity Mr.
Nixon: his first and only choice
was Spiro Agnew."
McGovern, also referred to
the time lost in selection of a
replacement, saying "the nation
must wish the Republicans had
See DEMS, Page 10

Abbie Hoffman
YIP plans

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