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17 August 2006 Edition

Hunger Strikers set heroic example for all republicans

17 August 2006

During those long, agonising months in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh in 1981, the Hunger Strikers knew that the epic struggle they were waging was not merely about prison conditions. They were very conscious that theirs was part of a much wider battle for hearts and minds in Ireland and internationally. In full knowledge of the awesome power ranged against them, they went on a political offensive. As Gerry Adams told thousands of people gathered in their memory at Casement Park last Sunday: "The Hunger Strikers knew exactly what they were doing, why they did it and the effect their actions would have." Free article

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