‘Bobby Sands: 66 Days’ documentary – ‘Powerful and emotionally charged,’ says H-Blocks campaigner | An Phoblacht

‘Bobby_Sands_66_Days’_document2016-08-19_20-55-27.jpg‘Bobby Sands: 66 Days’ documentary – ‘Powerful and emotionally charged,’ says H-Blocks campaigner | An Phoblacht – “O’Toole’s insulting and completely off-the-mark suggestion that Terence MacSwiney, the Lord Mayor of Cork in 1920, set out on his hunger strike from a position of ‘guilt’ for not having participated in the 1916 Rising is as deserving of derision as are his claims in the documentary that the 1981 Hunger Strikers, those who died and those who participated and lived, chose to go on hunger strike as against some other form of protest to highlight their just demands.

“The fact is that the only choice in 1980 and 1981 was whether to protest or not and hunger strike was the only option of protest remaining. Everything else had been tried and had failed to secure the required result.

“As determined, committed, republican soldiers Bobby Sands and his comrades were placed by British Thacherite intransigence with their backs against their excreta-smeared walls and what choice there was was clear.

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