I.R.A. Hunger Strike Participant Reflects on What it's Like to Strike

Friday, June 07, 2013

In this sketch by Janet Hamlin, Canadian defendant Omar Khadr attends his hearing before the US military war crimes commission at Camp Justice in Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base, on August 9, 2010. (JANET HAMLIN/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

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. 


Pat Sheehan

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Comments [3]

john from Queens, NY

a few Englishmen die on a London bus and we are all supposed to shed a tear but the English have been slaughtering people around the world for hundreds of years and no one bats an eye....John from Brooklyn you are a fool and should go swear your loyalty to their German Queen and royal family, being you have swallowed their BS already!

Jul. 18 2013 01:40 PM
John from Bklyn

What a disgraceful interview.

This SOB's "justice" was blowing up people on London buses.

How about a factual story spelling out the amazing privileges the Guantanamo cons want reinstated.

Dupes like Hockenberry, who don't do their homework, assume they just want their day in court.

Jun. 07 2013 04:08 PM

The two cases are slightly different.
The IRA considered themselves
combatants and the UK considered them criminals.

The US considers Gitmo prisoners
combatants and yet they want to be treated like accused criminals.

Why not pretend that the Gitmo
hunger strike is like the trial of a doctor in Philadelphia and just completely ignore it?
Political reasons maybe?

Jun. 07 2013 09:38 AM

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