Northern Ireland's militant Protestant leader, the Reverend Ian Paisley, flew yesterday (Monday) to Geneva in an attempt to protest to the World Council of Churches against Pope Paul's visit to Switzerland - "the centre of the Protestant Reformation", as Mr.
Paisley and others in lounge; Paisley speaks; party up escalator; Paisley makes statement (SOF & NATSOF).
TRANSCRIPT: REV. PAISLEY: "In regard to the Pope's visit, we would like to make our position perfectly clear. We feel that the bringing of the Pope to Geneva at this time, in an effort to crown him with glory at the very heart of what in Europe was the centre of the Protestant Reformation in its Presbyterian and reformed aspect, we feel that this is something Protestants must resist. And we believe that we have fallen foul of a Roman Catholic action conspiracy to keep us from having a legitimate from of protest. Monopolies are dangerous, and a monopoly in the religious world like that exercised by the Roman Catholic Church is dangerous to the civil and religious liberty of all mankind".
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Background: Northern Ireland's militant Protestant leader, the Reverend Ian Paisley, flew yesterday (Monday) to Geneva in an attempt to protest to the World Council of Churches against Pope Paul's visit to Switzerland - "the centre of the Protestant Reformation", as Mr. Paisley put it. Swiss authorities banned his entry and he and his party were detained overnight at Geneva airport. Before being placed on an aircraft for home this morning, (Tuesday) Mr. Paisley spoke to reporters.
In his statement, Mr. Paisley said he and his associates believed that they were the victims of a Roman Catholic conspiracy designed to stop them from having a legitimate protest.
Mr. Paisley who last month was released from jail after four months' imprisonment for his militant activities in Northern Ireland, had stated that he and his associates intended to demonstrate peacefully against the Pope in Geneva. But the Swiss authorities said that they would not permit him to enter the country.