'On the blanket'. INLA H-Block recollections.

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I wonder how many would have embarked on this if they knew the end result would be Home Rule and suits in Stormont?
 


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That's almost as profound as saying "one mans arse is another man's elbow."

In the final analysis, it means sweet fukc all but is used by apologists as a kind of yellowpack whitewash to excuse various acts of barbarity.
Absolutely but which ones excrete through their elbow? Terrorists or freedom fighters?
 

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where does the sh1t on the walls fit in the Irish Psyche, I would say it was a very good fit.
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I said that the Hunger Strike had a place in the Irish psyche, you cretin.
'Dirty protest' was the result of prison policy not allowing men to slop out or toilet without wearing a criminal uniform.

Where do pot noodles and pornography fit into the Loyalist psyche? because when our men and women were on protest thats what your lot occupied themselves with.

And then of course they benefited on the backs of the republican efforts when the protest ended.
 

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And then of course they benefited on the backs of the republican efforts when the protest ended.

The cunning bastards! Free food, free porn and political status without having to lift a finger or smear themselves with sh1te!

Isn't that what Gerry refers to as "parity of esteem"?
 

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Maybe tis just Moi but grown men with comfort blankets tis a tad disconcerting...
 

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Do the animals 'recollect' all the sh it spreading on the walls??

As filthy and stinking as their tawdry cause.:cool:
They regarded themselves as being in an army. Thus it is the leadership who have to take responsibility for what happened.

It was a dark time, quite sinister. SF did very well out of it.
 

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They regarded themselves as being in an army. Thus it is the leadership who have to take responsibility for what happened.

It was a dark time, quite sinister. SF did very well out of it.
Generally autonomy was given to the prisoners from the outside leadership, these situations are a nightmare for republican leaderships on the outside as pressure from families goes through the roof.
SF did though manage it exceptionally well in this period, and did quite well from it.
 

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I will never get over how disgusting it was. Who wouldn't want to end it all after that? And for what?
 

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Some of the comments on here are indicative of a national self loathing that is truly sickening to observe.
The weapon of Hunger Strike, the most passive gesture known to man kind and with a legitimate place in the Irish psyche, utilized by men who would not accept Britain's claim that Irish aspirations for independence were 'Criminal' by nature.....

All the evidence is that they were used by their leaders to get headlines. Leaders who were taking help from the soviet union, and who had no hope of ever leading an "independent Ireland" based on the popular vote.
 

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Fine Gaels Irish Justice system where you can beat up And rob your neighbours and generally do as you want knowing nothing will happen you is as bad...Travellers wouldnt be beating the pulp out of old people if they knew there were PIRA or INLA heads living close by!!

The price you pay for their "help" is never worth it.
 

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I said that the Hunger Strike had a place in the Irish psyche, you cretin.....

In our brehon laws there was indeed a practice of starving at the door of someone who had wronged you, but only for one day.

The idea of starving to death is a 1900s media event invention. It worked in the case of Terry McSwiney, as his death in 1920 attracted acres of media coverage, and helped get us as far as the Treaty.
 
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I have a particular aversion to the Blanket Protest. However mistaken the cause may be, there is some dignity in starving yourself to death or setting yourself on fire (as long as nobody else is injured) but absolutely none for sitting in a room smeared with excrement.
 

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I have a particular aversion to the Blanket Protest. However mistaken the cause may be, there is some dignity in starving yourself to death or setting yourself on fire (as long as nobody else is injured) but absolutely none for sitting in a room smeared with excrement.
There was absolute dignity for these men in wearing a blanket, in comparison to wearing a uniform designed to brand Ireland's fight for Freedom as criminal. The indignity was shown by those Irish people who sat on their ar$es and did nothing about it, scoffed at them, or worse again the Free State cops who battered those who did come out in support.

As for smearing excrement, they didnt do it for fun, they were not allowed to go to the toilet or slop out their waste unless wearing a criminal uniform. As such they had no option other than to smear it on the wall, to prevent the growth of maggots.
 

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There was absolute dignity for these men in wearing a blanket, in comparison to wearing a uniform designed to brand Ireland's fight for Freedom as criminal. The indignity was shown by those Irish people who sat on their ar$es ....

What serious amount of delusion was needed to think that even 50% of humanity would think that this sort of carry-on was a good sign that a small and violent group was ready to govern an island of 5m people?
 

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There was absolute dignity for these men in wearing a blanket, in comparison to wearing a uniform designed to brand Ireland's fight for Freedom as criminal. The indignity was shown by those Irish people who sat on their ar$es and did nothing about it, scoffed at them, or worse again the Free State cops who battered those who did come out in support.

As for smearing excrement, they didnt do it for fun, they were not allowed to go to the toilet or slop out their waste unless wearing a criminal uniform. As such they had no option other than to smear it on the wall, to prevent the growth of maggots.
Why wear the uniform to go see visitors then? If they could tolerate wearing it for visitors surely they could tolerate wearing it not to live in such vile conditions.
 

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IRSP show up at NILP gig. NILP scarper.

[video=youtube;_o__IlVEy7Q]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o__IlVEy7Q[/video]
 

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AFAIR, Micky Devine had just six months of his sentence to serve when he died.
Remember being struck by that at the time and trying to imagine his thoughts in his final days.

His main thoughts kept coming back to "I could really murder a pastie supper right now".
 

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Tony O'Hara (brother of Hunger striker Patsy) along with Rab Collins, Republican Socialist OC of the H-Blocks during the blanket/no wash & Hunger Strike period give their moving and vivid account of the time. Followed by award ceremony for INLA Hunger Strikers families. Historically significant alternative narrative to the solely Sinn Féin given account in the '66 days' movie.


Awards for the families of the INLA hungry strikers? What would they be?

1. Award to the family of the skinniest INLA hungry striker goes to...

2. Award to the family of the INLA hungry striker who had the biggest funeral goes to...

3. Award to the family of the INLA hungry striker who survived his hungry strike...

etc

And then they hand awards out to the familes of the 4 of them?

LOL
 

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Awards for the families of the INLA hungry strikers? What would they be?

1. Award to the family of the skinniest INLA hungry striker goes to...

2. Award to the family of the INLA hungry striker who had the biggest funeral goes to...

3. Award to the family of the INLA hungry striker who survived his hungry strike...

etc

And then they hand awards out to the familes of the 4 of them?

LOL
One of them was on a IRA death list. Well know fact in Derry.

He caught caught on purpose so he could go to jail.
 

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There was absolute dignity for these men in wearing a blanket, in comparison to wearing a uniform designed to brand Ireland's fight for Freedom as criminal. The indignity was shown by those Irish people who sat on their ar$es and did nothing about it, scoffed at them, or worse again the Free State cops who battered those who did come out in support.

As for smearing excrement, they didnt do it for fun, they were not allowed to go to the toilet or slop out their waste unless wearing a criminal uniform. As such they had no option other than to smear it on the wall, to prevent the growth of maggots.


They claimed to be POWs though, so they should have worn a uniform.

The silly boogers wanted to wear their own civilian clothes, like jumpers and jeans. What sort of "soldiers" were they claiming to be?

We all know that they wanted soft treatment, and their demands reflected that. They didn't ask for full POW status - what they wanted was actually a soft form of civilian status.
 


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