Protestors supporting the H-block protest, wave black flags of mourning for hunger striker Bobby Sands, as they stand in the center of BelfastÂs Falls Road on May 5, 1981. The protestors were mourning the death of Sands, who died early Tuesday, at the start of his 66th day of hunger strike in Northern IrelandÂs Maze Prison. (AP Photo/David Caulkin) Ref #: PA.10427033 Date: 05/05/1981
News of the death of Bobby Sands influenced the way in which political prisoners and the ANC in South Africa responded to their own situation, and inspired a new way of resistance.Nelson Mandela was said to have been "directly influenced by Bobby Sands" and instigated a successful hunger strike on Robben Island
Irish Republican hunger striker Bobby Sands is elected MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone in a by-election necessitated by the death of sitting MP Frank Maguire. In a hugely emotional campaign, Sands defeated Unionist candidate Harry West. The people of Fermanagh and South Tyrone spoke with a resounding voice when on 9th April 1981, 30,492 of them elected Bobby Sands as their political representative to the London parliament. Bobby Sands political prisoner, became Bobby Sands M.P.
When Bobby Sands died on hunger strike, Fidel Castro castigated Thatcher and proclaimed in the People's Assembly... • Patria o Muerte • ★ "Let tyrants tremble at the courage of these young men!" ★ The Irish People Will Never Forget You Comandante An Irish hunger strikers memorial was erected quickly in Havana for our martyrs of 1981' the memorial was up in Revolutionary square. It brought tears to my eyes after seeing it for the first time...