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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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Hunger Strike (October-December 1980)

Hunger Strike (October-December 1980)

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(p.92) 5 Hunger Strike (October-December 1980)
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Smashing H-Block
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317194.006

This chapter focuses on the hunger strike launched by prisoners at the Prison Maze in October–December 1980. It discusses the participation of the Irish Commission for Justice and Peace (ICJP) in the issue by releasing a statement criticizing the state authorities' inflexibility and unwillingness to resolve the deadlock. It describes the series of protests and demonstrations launched by the National H-Block Committee in support of the prisoners and highlights the decision of the prisoners to accept an offer from the British government that they believed might offer some sort of a solution and end their hunger strike on December 18.

Keywords:   hunger strike, prisoners, Prison Maze, Irish Commission for Justice and Peace, National H-Block Committee, protests, demonstrations, British government

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