In Belfast, Unionist Party back-benchers led by Rev. Ian Paisley had the support of demonstrators?
In Belfast, Unionist Party back-benchers led by Rev. Ian Paisley had the support of demonstrators when they called on Northern Ireland's Deputy Prime Minister on Thursday morning (6 August) to press the case for invoking the Special Powers Act. The delegation was told the Government had no intention of doing this. It appears to be standing firm in the face of a list of similar demands for tougher measures against rioters.
The Special Powers Act, if brought into force, would allow imprisonment without trial, re-arming the police, and other strong measures. The Cabinet's refusal to invoke the Act has angered Mr. Paisley.