In pictures: Derry in 1969

A selection of photographs of Londonderry taken by French photojournalist Gilles Caron, have been gifted to the city and will go on display at the end of October.

Caron came to Derry in August 1969, during a series of intense riots that became known as the Battle of the Bogside, and his images still give an insight into the violence that once gripped the city.

Image copyright Gilles Coran

The battle is remembered as one of the first confrontations in what was to become The Troubles.

Image copyright Gilles Coran

The violence began after the Apprentice Boys of Derry held a parade in the city on 12 August 1969. Tensions in the city between unionists and nationalists flared into riots that lasted for three days.

Image copyright Gilles Coran

Troops were eventually deployed to the city to restore order in the streets and support the police, but riots continued to rage in the Bogside area between police and nationalists.

Image copyright Gilles Coran

Young people from the city, gathered in large crowds to throw stones, bottles and bricks at soldiers and police.

Image copyright Gilles Coran

In a 36-hour period, 1,000 canisters of CS gas were fired into the Bogside by the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), in an attempt to dispel the large crowds.

Image copyright Gilles Coran

The pictures were on display at the Nerve Centre in Derry last year as part of City of Culture 2013. Fifteen photos from the collection have now been gifted to the city by the Caron Foundation.

Image copyright Gilles Coran

Nationalist demonstrators threw stones at police and used bin lids as shields.

Image copyright Gilles Coran

The striking images will be on display as part of the Decisive Moments: Gilles Caron in Derry exhibit at both the Void Gallery and City Factory Gallery in Derry from 28 October until 20 December.

All pictures provided by the Nerve Centre.

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