The weekend celebrations by Protestants in Northern Ireland began quietly on Saturday (11 July) as troops stood-by in case of trouble between Catholics and Protestants.
GV Orangemen march to meeting accompanied by band and carrying banners (4 shots)
SV Troops on roadside look on
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: PAISLEY: Brethren and sisters, and fellow Protestants. I'd like to thank the independent Orangemen for giving me the opportunity this afternoon of taking part with them in the platform proceedings here at their Belfast demonstrations. I count myself happy to so do because I am glad that in both my constituencies I have the loyal support, not only of Independent Orangemen, but of Orangemen of the parent body. I believe I have their support, because I am an uncompromising Protestant, pledged to uphold the principles of the great Protestant reformation."
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Background: The weekend celebrations by Protestants in Northern Ireland began quietly on Saturday (11 July) as troops stood-by in case of trouble between Catholics and Protestants.
Addressing a rally after an Orangemen parade in Belfast, the Reverend Ian Paisley, member of Parliament and extremist Protestant leader, pledged to uphold the principles of the Protestant Reformation.
More than 12,000 troops were deployed throughout the province for the weekend which marks the 280th anniversary of King Willian of Orange's defeat of Catholic forces at the battle of the Boyne. On Saturday evening bonfires were lit by celebrating Protestants but no violence was reported. Last year the Protestant marches touched off bloody riots which left at least 12 people dead. The climax of the weekend celebration comes on Monday when big Orangemen parades take place which authorities fear could provide a new religious flashpoint.
Opening his Belfast speech, the Rev. Paisley said: