• Short Summary

    More than 100,000 Protestants held a rally outside the Northern Ireland Parliament building in Belfast on Tuesday (28 March), the second day of a general strike called by Protestant leaders.

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    More than 100,000 Protestants held a rally outside the Northern Ireland Parliament building in Belfast on Tuesday (28 March), the second day of a general strike called by Protestant leaders. The strike and rally were called to protest Friday's takeover by the British government of direct rule in Northern Ireland and the suspension of the Stormont Parliament, which has been dominated by Protestants ever since Ireland split in two 51 years ago.

    Despite the ban on parades, the thousands of demonstrators made their way to Stormont in banner waving processions. Prime Minister Brian Faulkner and William Craig, leader of the ultra rightwing Vanguard movement, stood together on a platform outside the Parliament building and addressed the massed crowd.

    Mr. Craig, organiser of the two-day strike that ended at midnight Tuesday, was suspended as Home Affairs Minister in 1968 for his outspoken right-wing views. When Mr. Faulkner took over as Prime Minister, he and Mr. Craig became bitter political opponents. Now, it appears the British government action has brought them together again.

    SYNOPSIS: A Protestant strike kept Northern Ireland in this grip for the second day on Tuesday. Factories, shops and shipyards remained closed and most transportation services were idle. Many of those Protestants participating in the strike in Belfast attended a mass rally at the Northern Ireland Parliament, Stormont, to protest the British government's action to take over direct rule in Northern Ireland and to suspend Stormont. Britain takes over full control of the province on Thursday.

    On hand to address the flag waving crowd were Northern Ireland Prime Minister Brian Faulkner and William Craig, leader of the ultra right-wing Vanguard movement organiser of the two-day strike that ended at midnight Tuesday. Mr. Faulkner addressed the crowd first.

    Mr. Craig then declared that a great wrong had been done to the province by last week's British peace initiative.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEZB1C43IA3S2VR1GEW0FY7JFD
    Media URN:
    VLVAEZB1C43IA3S2VR1GEW0FY7JFD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/03/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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