The historic strike underway at Guantanamo is one in a long line of hunger strikes we have seen in the past century. One of the most dramatic strikes in recent decades came in 1980 when imprisoned I.R.A. members went on strike.
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher refused to negotiate with the strikers and in total 10 prisoners starved themselves to death. Irish republican fighter Pat Sheehan was part of that strike led by Bobby Sands. By the time the fast ended, Pat had gone 55 days without food.