BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Police dragged the Rev. Ian Paisley and about 20 fellow Protestant politicians out of the Northern Ireland Assembly early today after they refused to obey a British order dissolving the Legislature.
The 10-hour sit-in at Northern Ireland's seat of limited self-government ended in scuffles and veiled threats of violence by Paisley.
"Don't come crying to me if your homes are attacked. You will reap what you sow," Paisley shouted at the policemen.
On Monday night, 200 demonstrators who gathered outside the Assembly were dispersed by riot police when the crowd began throwing rocks and bottles at officers. Several policemen suffered minor injuries and several people were arrested, police said.
The legislative sit-in began after Speaker James Kilfedder read the government order dissolving the Assembly. Lawmakers jumped to their feet and objected to removal of the mace, the symbol of the Assembly's authority, from the chamber. They then remained in their seats and began a marathon debate protesting the dissolution order.