The 1981 Irish hunger strike (BBC 2005)
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The 1981 Irish hunger strike was the culmination of a five-year protest during The Troubles by Irish republican prisoners in Northern Ireland. The protest began as the blanket protest in 1976, when the British government withdrew Special Category Status for convicted paramilitary prisoners. In 1978, after a number of attacks on prisoners leaving their cells to "slop out", the dispute escalated into the dirty protest, where prisoners refused to wash and covered the walls of their cells with excrement. In 1980 seven prisoners participated in the first hunger strike, which ended after 53 days.
The second hunger strike took place in 1981 and was a showdown between the prisoners and the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. One hunger striker, Bobby Sands, was elected as a Member of Parliament during the strike, prompting media interest from around the world. The strike was called off after ten prisoners had starved themselves to death—including Sands, whose funeral was attended by 100,000 people. The strike radicalised nationalist politics, and was the driving force that enabled Sinn Féin to become a mainstream political party.
Originally broadcast on bbc1 northern ireland 2005
About 50 min.
- RIP Brave Fighters for Freedom -
Feb 12 2009, 07:43 CET
What's so brave about removing yourself from existence?
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Thanks for the upload. This covers an intense period of Anglo-Irish politics. The only plus to these events was that some politicians realised that the only solution was to discuss and resolve grievances. A lesson which many others should take heed of these days.
Troubles still remain in Ireland, but as always it is human greed and religion to blame..
Check out the "Constantine's Sword" torrent.
Feb 12 2009, 14:29 CET
Bullshit. Neither religion or "human greed" (which implies greed is a natural trait of humans) are to blame. Class society is, however.
Up the IRA! Long live the Irish freedom struggle!
Feb 12 2009, 17:39 CET
They where brave because they willingly died for a cause greater then them, doing do in a slow and painful way. They had no fear of death, they knew it was coming. And that's why they where brave.
Feb 12 2009, 19:14 CET
To die for a cause is to die for a word, is to lose.
Once you're dead, you're dead. How are you going to improve the situation by quiting?
How can you protect those you love when you're dead.
Read "Johnny got his gun".
"Neither religion or "human greed" (which implies greed is a natural trait of humans) are to blame."
To deny that the masses are controlled by greed is naivety in extremis.
To dismiss religion as a major cause of the Irish situation is foolish.
I am not here to debate this.
It's a good documentary on a very difficult subject, which (obviously) brings out a lot of emotion.
For the record, I have both an Irish and English history..
Peace to everyone..
Feb 12 2009, 19:44 CET
Sorry, one more thing..
"Up the IRA! Long live the Irish freedom struggle!"
Are you for real?????
A group of cowardly, child murdering, plant a bomb and run TERRORISTS!!
Might as well say "up al qaeda", "up hamas", "up hezbollah", "up the Israeli army".
Feb 12 2009, 20:04 CET
It's nice to see that my torrent is causing debate. This documentary was originaly downloaded from Irish Torrents (http://www.irishtorrents.com) where you can find other documentaries about the troubles that are difficult to find elsewhere.
Feb 12 2009, 22:17 CET
You better read up on the IRA, especially the Provisional and the Official IRA, but also on James Connolly, the Irish Citizen Army, the Irish National Liberation Army and the Cumann na mBan. Many of the leaders and volunteers were Marxists. Revoluationaries.
You could also read "Cage Eleven" by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, who in the last chapter of the book repeatedly quotes Communist revolutionary Ho Chi Minh's poetry.
Comparing the Irish Republican Army to al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hizbollah and the IDF is what is really idiotic.
Also, claiming greed is indeed a natural trait of human beings is a liberal idea used to defend the capitalist mode of production.
Religion is a unimportant to the struggles in Ireland. Many of the leaders of the republcian movement were protestant, like Ivan Cooper, who lead the protest that ended in the events of Bloody Sunday in 1972.
Feb 12 2009, 22:42 CET
That Margaret Thatcher sure is a cold hearted woman.
"let them die rather than let them wear their own jeans in jail."
Feb 15 2009, 12:34 CET
It is amazing what happens when a minority (mainly Catholic Nationalists) are given equal rights. Many of the IRA "terrorists" are now local elected representatives that debate exciting issues like schools and taxes. For those interested in Northern Ireland, the program "The Provos, the Loyalists and the Brits" is excellent
Jul 02 2010, 06:15 CEST