Page 2, 15th November 1968

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Page 2, 15th November 1968 — Paisley meeting sparks clash with Catholics

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Locations: Londonderry, Baltimore


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Paisley meeting sparks clash with Catholics

BY A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT POLICE and civil rights supporters clashed last Saturday when the Rev. Ian Paisley, the militant Protestant leader, held a stormy demonstration in Londonderry.

Hundreds of police formed a human wall to keep rival Protestant and Roman Ca holic crowds apart. "Out with the rebels," shouted the Protestants. The civil rights supporters replied with their peace song "We Shall Overcome."

Shortly after 3 p.m. a 3,000strong Protestant parade arrived in Diamond Square, the main meeting place in the old city. "We want no Popery here," they chanted.

Dr. Paisley, moderator of the Free Presbyterian Church, spoke for 15 minutes as hundreds of Catholics surged against the police cordon to get into the square. Then the Protestants, ignoring Dr. Paisley, moved toward the Catholics. "Let us get at them," roared the Protestants to the police. Minutes before a young policeroan had collapsed with blood streaming down his head from a gash. As the Protestant parade moved off behind their band, several hundred civil rights demonstrators staged a sit-down protest across a street leading to the Guildhall. Earlier leaders of the Civil Rights Association, whose protest on October 5 touched off the worst rioting the city had seen in half a century, appealed to its supporters to ignore the Paisley demonstration.

"Stay off the streets and close down your shops," they appealed.

However, they said they supported Dr. Paisley's right to hold his demonstration in the city where Roman Catholics outnumber Protestants by two to one.


Meanwhile, relations between the Northern Ireland Government and the Republic plunged to a new low follow ing a bitter attack on Capt. Terence O'Neill, the Prime Minister, by the Republic's Agricultural Minister, Mr. Neil Blaney. In a speech to a local convention of his Fianna Fail Party Blaney described crossborder talks as a "futile exercise."

Nine Vietnam protesters jailed in U.S.

VINE U.S. Catholic priests -41 and laymen who burned records and files at an American Army selection board office in protest at the war in Vietnam, have been jailed for periods up to 31 years in Baltimore.

The sentences were imposed by Chief Judge R. C. Thomson, who presided at the fourday trial early last month at which they were found guilty. Two of the nine received 3+-year sentences, Fr. Philip Berrigan, 45, Josephite priest, and Thomas P. Lewis, 28, Baltimore artist. Their terms will run concurrently with sixyear prison sentences they were given earlier this year for pouring blood on military callup records in Baltimore last year. Fr. Berrigan's brother, Fr. Daniel Berrigan, 47, a Jesuit priest, Thomas Melville, 37, a former Maryknoll missionary in Guatemala, and George Mische, 30, a Washington peace organiser, were each jailed for three years. Two-year sentences were passed on the other four, James Darst, 26, a Christian Brother; Mrs. Marjorie Melville, 38, Mr. Melville's wife and a former Maryknoll nun in Guatemala; John Hogan, 33. a former Maryknoll brother in Guatemala; and Mary Moylan, 33, a nurse who has served in Africa. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday three British members of the World Christian Pacifist movement demonstrated their support for the nine by fasting, carrying placards and handing out leaflets outside the American Embassy in Grosvenor Square.

Vietnam Masses for coup victims MASSES were celebrated in parishes throughout South Vietnam on All Souls' Day for the late President Ngo dinh Diem and his brother, Ngo dinh Nbu, who were assassinated in a military coup five years Isgo, See P.4.

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