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Northern Ireland police stormed the Parliament building in Belfast before dawn and removed 20 Protestant politicians protesting the British government’s closing of the provincial assembly. The 20, led by the Rev. Ian Paisley, head of Protestant forces who demand continued British rule in Ulster, had refused to leave the assembly the previous afternoon, when the order officially closing the assembly was read. Britain ordered the dissolution earlier this month, saying the legislature was a failure. Roman Catholic parties have boycotted the assembly since its founding in 1982.


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