Civil Order, Plastic Death: “in memory of those murdered by plastic bullets”. A British Army soldier stands to the right of mural in (the old) Linden Street, next to the spot where Nora McCabe was shot in the back of the head by a plastic bullet by the RUC at 7:45 a.m. on July 9th, 1981, the day after hunger striker Joe McDonnell died. The poster on which the mural is based is below; the person in the cross-hairs might be McCabe or perhaps Emma Groves, who was shot in the eye through her glasses, though she did not die.
The soldier on the left was originally painted with boots on both feet (X05495) but repainted with a peg leg after the IRA blew up the car of the Marine’s Commandant General Steuart Pringle, who lost his right leg, on October 17th, 1981 (WP).
Copyright © 1981 LC