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Smashing H-BlockThe Rise and Fall of the Popular Campaign against Criminalization, 1976–1982$
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F. Stuart Ross

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317439

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317194

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Prison Protests and Broad Fronts (1972–1975)

Prison Protests and Broad Fronts (1972–1975)

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(p.9) 1 Prison Protests and Broad Fronts (1972–1975)
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Smashing H-Block
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317194.002

This chapter examines the prison protests and hunger strikes launched by republican prisoners at the Crumlin Road jail in Belfast, Northern Ireland led by Billy McKee. It discusses the support provided by the Republican Movement and the Northern Resistance Movement (NRM) to the protesting prisoners and suggests that while the prisoners considered the hunger strike a success, it was the popular mobilisations outside of prison that more significantly influenced British policy. This chapter also considers Secretary of State Merlyn Rees' announcement of the construction of a new £12 million prison which came to be infamously known as the H-Blocks.

Keywords:   prisoner protests, hunger strikes, republican prisoners, Crumlin Road jail, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Billy McKee, H-Blocks, Republican Movement, Northern Resistance Movement

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