NORTHERN IRELAND: The Hunger Strike in H-Block

Martyrdom raises fears of more sectarian violence

We are not criminals. We are ready and willing to meet an agonizing death to establish that we are political prisoners." So saying, seven inmates between the ages of 25 and 32, all of them convicted as Irish Republican terrorists (three for murder), went on a hunger strike on Oct. 27 in Northern Ireland's Maze Prison, 13 miles outside Belfast. As the prisoners passed the 40th day of their fast last week, there were increasing fears that one or more might die. If so, the troubled province could be in for a...

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