Funeral of the IRA prisoner Bobby Sands, 1981, over a... - David Mansell, DM091035.jpg

Funeral of the IRA prisoner Bobby Sands, 1981, over a 100,000 people lined the funeral route. Sands, started his hunger strike on 1st March and died 66 days later on the 5 May 1981. There were a total of ten hunger strikers who died in 1981, as it was a showdown between republican prisoners who wanted political status as prisoners and the refusal by the British. Their deaths resulted in serious rioting in the nationalist areas of Northern Ireland in particular the Bogside in Derry and West Belfast. - David Mansell - 1981-05-09
 
 
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