The Reverend Ian Paisley is the leading figure in the strike that has been disrupting Northern Ireland for the past two days.
CU Paisley speaking in television debate
GV & SV Marchers with drums, Paisley at head of parade (3 shots)
SV Members of Ulster Defence Association marching
SV Paisley and supporters singing National Anthem in street
SCU Paisley leading prayers
GV EXTERIOR Martyrs Memorial Free Presbyterian Church (MUTE)
SV Paisley arriving from car, supporters clapping (2 shots) (MUTE)
SV Returning officer announcing result of ballot
SV Crowd cheer as Paisley speaks from window (3 shots)
CU Union Jack with "No surrender", SV Paisley at window (2 shots)
SV Paisley marching in night parade (3 shots)
PAISLEY: "Gentlemen, I am an Ulster Protestant and a Democratic Unionist. My province is overrun by the I.R.A. gunman and is dark-shadowed by bombings, burnings and murders. The vast majority of people in Northern Ireland are determined to remain part and parcel of the United Kingdom. They are resolute, and will never surrender to the Irish Republican Army, irrespective of the presence of the British army. Nor will they capitulate to any political deal made between Westminster, Stormont and Dublin to destroy their heritage."
To his supporters, Dr. Paisley is the man who has never compromised in his opposition to any threat to the Protestant cause in Northern Ireland; the man who has stood out against any power-sharing with the Catholic minority there. He says he deplores violence; his critics say the virulence of his oratory encourages it.
PAISLEY: "Father in Heaven, we bow before Thee. We know that there is a conspiracy in this land to put us into jail. And we remember that Christ was taken from prison and from judgment."
Dr. Paisley is minister of the Martyrs Memorial Free Presbyterian Church in Belfast. He draws huge congregations. When the new church was opened in 1969, two thousand packed inside; three thousand more heard the service outside.
RETURNING OFFICER: "Ian Richard Kyle Paisley, 7,981...(applause)
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Background: The Reverend Ian Paisley is the leading figure in the strike that has been disrupting Northern Ireland for the past two days. The strikers are demanding tougher measures by the British forces against the guerrilla activities of the Irish Republican Army; and a return to local self-government in the province, controlled by its Protestant majority. The dominance of Protestantism in Northern Ireland, and the independence of the province from the Roman Catholic Republic of Ireland in the south are the causes of which Dr. Paisley is an outspoken and militant champion.
"Northern Ireland" is the correct constitutional term for the province that was separated from the rest of Ireland by the Government of Ireland Act, 1920. "Ulster", which Dr. Paisley uses, is the name of one of the ancient kingdoms of Ireland, and was rather larger than the present Northern Ireland. Three of its counties are now in the Republic of Ireland. But colloquially, Northern Ireland is often referred to as "Ulster".
SYNOPSIS: A demonstration of patriotic and religious fervour -- on the day before he was sent to prison for three months, eight years ago, for taking part in an unlawful assembly.
Those votes won him a seat at Stormont, the Northern Ireland Parliament in 1970. Soon afterwards, he also became a member of the United Kingdom Parliament at Westminster. But the House of Commons was not his natural arena. He is more effective stirring the emotions of a crowd.
His stand seems old-fashioned in a world moving towards unity between the Christian churches. But he represents a deep-rooted feeling in a section of the Northern Irish people; and remains a force to be reckoned with in any attempt to find a solution to its problems.