• Short Summary

    NORTHERN IRELAND'S MILITANT PROTESTANT LEADER, THE REVEREND IAN PAISLEY, YESTERDAY (MONDAY) WAS FOUND GUILTY OF TAKING PART IN AN UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY LAST NOVEMBER.

  • Description

    NORTHERN IRELAND'S MILITANT PROTESTANT LEADER, THE REVEREND IAN PAISLEY, YESTERDAY (MONDAY) WAS FOUND GUILTY OF TAKING PART IN AN UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY LAST NOVEMBER. HE WAS SENTENCED TO THREE MONTHS IMPRISONMENT AFTER A SCENE IN COURT DURING WHICH HE STORMED OUT DARING THE COURT TO ARREST HIM FOR CONTEMPT. ALSO SENTENCED WAS MAJOR RONALD BUNTING, SELF-STYLED COMMANDANT OF THE LOYAL CITIZENS OF ULSTER. BOTH WERE GREETED BY A LARGE NUMBER OF SUPPORTERS AS THEY LEFT THE COURT.

    THE REVEREND PAISLEY AND MAJOR BUNTING HAD BEEN ARRESTED LAST NOVEMBER 30TH AFTER A CLASH BETWEEN SEVERAL HUNDRED MEMBERS OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC MINORITY FACTION OF NORTHERN IRELAND AND A GROUP OF PROTESTANT MILITANTS.

    THE ROMAN CATHOLICS WERE DEMANDING A BIGGER SHARE OF JOBS AND HOUSES IN NORTHERN IRELAND. PRIOR TO THE CLASH BETWEEN THE TWO RIVAL FACTIONS, THE PROTESTANT GROUP, LED BY THE REVEREND PAISLEY, HAD OCCUPIED THE TOWN CENTRE CONFINING CAMERAMEN AND NEWSPAPERMEN TO THEIR HOTELS, THREATENING VIOLENT REPRISALS IF ANY PICTURES WERE TAKEN.

    AT YESTERDAY'S TRIAL, REVEREND PAISLEY ATTEMPTED TO LEAVE THE COURT WHEN HE WAS TOLD THAT HIS REMARKS TO THE MAGISTRATES COULD BE TAKEN AS CONTEMPT OF COURT. REVEREND PAISLEY REFUSED TO APOLOGISE AFTER SAYING THAT "INJUSTICE WILL BE DONE" IF THE CASE WENT AHEAD. MAJOR BUNTING SHOUTED "I OBJECT AS A BRITISH CITIZEN ..."
    THE MAGISTRATE ORDERED MAJOR BUNTING TO BE REMOVED FROM COURT AND REVEREND PAISLEY ATTEMPTED TO LEAVE AS WELL. THERE WAS MUCH CONFUSION WITH SOME SHOUTING "EVERYBODY OUT", "LET HIM OUT" OR "DON'T TOUCH HIM". FINALLY, REVEREND PAISLEY RETURNED TO HIS SEAT AND WAITED FOR SENTENCE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA95UQCTF4MJ1ZSTZA9GBJELP87
    Media URN:
    VLVA95UQCTF4MJ1ZSTZA9GBJELP87
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/01/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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