Northern Ireland: Uneasy Calm

The hunger strike loses force

Since an emaciated Bobby Sands died in Maze Prison near Belfast four months ago, nine other hunger strikers have starved themselves to death. Outside the prison, some 50 persons have been killed in violent and emotional incidents generated by the battle of wills in the H-block section of the prison. The Provisional Irish Republican Army, which organized the strike, gained a propaganda victory, attracted new recruits and got financial contributions from the U.S. But now that may be changing. Under increasing pressure from families of the prisoners and the Roman Catholic Church—combined with the refusal...

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