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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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A Quiet and Uneventful End (October 1981–October 1982)

A Quiet and Uneventful End (October 1981–October 1982)

(p.157) 8 A Quiet and Uneventful End (October 1981–October 1982)
Smashing H-Block
Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses events related to the anti-H-Block campaign from October 1981 to October 1982. It explains that the prisoners at Prison Maze decided to end their hunger strike on October 31, 1981 after 217 days. It suggests that while this could be considered as a defeat of the prisoners because none of their demands had been met, it also proved to be a pyrrhic victory for the British government. This chapter also discusses prison reforms announced by Secretary of State James Prior and the continuing activities of the National H-Block/Armagh Committee.

Keywords:   anti-H-Block campaign, prisoners, hunger strike, Prison Maze, British government, prison reforms, James Prior, National H-Block/Armagh Committee

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