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‘Something deep was stirring’
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Missiles, including petrol bombs, rained down on the British Embassy as protesters tried to force their way past Garda lines. But it was the crowd who were driven back and away from Merrion Square, some of them breaking windows in the Shelbourne Hotel as they went. There were minor scuffles when hundreds of housing marchers joined a demonstration at the British Embassy to support a civil rights demonstration in Newry. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) called for the government to suspend diplomatic relations with Britain, and the Ballymun Tenants Association was one of several bodies calling for a boycott of British goods. The Irish Press warned about 'wild men in the South' who had shown 'their influence in acts of hooliganism around the streets of Dublin'.

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