In Belfast, Unionist Party back-benchers led by Rev. Ian Paisley had the support of demonstrators?
GV Demonstrators running along street
MV Paisley and other leaders
GV Crowd assembled
SV & CV Bradford
TRANSCRIPTS: (SEQ 4): (PAISLEY) "The government has completely forfeited the confidence of the Loyalist people of this province and they don't see it. They are adamant that everything they do is absolutely right and all that they can say to us is you must accept what we have said."
(REPORTER) "Mr. Paisley what do you think would happen next week?"
(PAISLEY) "I don't know what will happen next week."
(REPORTER)"What would you advise the Loyalists to do now Mr. Paisley?"
(PAISLEY)"I advise the Loyalists to get rid of Chichester-Clark and this Government as quickly as they possibly can."
(REPORTER) "Mr. Roy Bradford, Minister of Commerce, was at the Cabinet meeting."
(SEQ 5): (Bradford) "I think it must be realised by ever responsible Unionist that there is someone who very broadly believes in the continuing union of Northern Ireland with Great Britain..that there are forces at work in Northern Ireland at the moment who are bent, and are deliberately trying to bring about a situation, where in fact this state dissolves. I think they must realise that, that there is something of the nature of a conspiracy...I know this, in the past, when it was mentioned without the evidence we have now, was looked on as a sort of "reds under the beds" scare. And I'm saying in quite considered fashion now, that we are undoubtedly facing the most serious threat to the integrity of the State and Parliament of Northern Ireland, that we have for many a long year."
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Background: 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.