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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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Ten Men Dead (May–October 1981)1

Ten Men Dead (May–October 1981)1

(p.128) 7 Ten Men Dead (May–October 1981)1
Smashing H-Block
Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on the death of ten prisoners at the Prison Maze from May to October 1981. These hunger strikers included Member of Parliament Bobby Sands who died on May 5, Thomas McElwee on August 8, and Mickey Devine on August 21. This chapter the actions taken by the National H-Block/Armagh Committee and discusses the statement of Sinn Féin's Richard McAuley that prisoners should reassess the hunger strike unless the prisoners could find a means of overcoming the intervention of relatives.

Keywords:   prisoners, hunger strike, Prison Maze, Bobby Sands, Thomas McElwee, Mickey Devine, National H-Block/Armagh Committee, Richard McAuley, Sinn Féin

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