Northern Ireland: Unleashing the Third Force

Amid rising tensions, Paisley's paramilitary makes its debut

Left, left, left, right, left." As the column of men approached, a hymn singing crowd of Protestants who had gathered in the main square of the community of Newtownards outside of Belfast grew silent. The militant Protestant leader, the Rev. Ian Paisley, had spoken of the "third force," his shadowy army of vigilantes, and now they appeared out of the night, marching three abreast, in ranks some 5,500 strong. A few strutted with the gait of trained infantrymen. Others stumbled to keep in step. But whether...

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