News: Birmingham Resists Republican Crackdown

9th December 1988: Midlands Today reported that attempts by Government para-military and security forces to "arrest or assassinate" civic leaders instrumental in declaring Birmingham an open city had failed following the intervention of local Territorial Army and armed Police units.

The Mayor of Birmingham called for calm and declared that Birmingham and the surrounding region would "remain independent of the warring factions hell bent on plunging over the abyss".

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