Are You On The Side Of The 2020 Hunger Strikers?

Republican prisoners in Maghaberry, Portlaoise, and Hydebank [now officially Hydebank Wood] went on hunger strike in solidarity with Dr Issam Hijjawi-Bassalat, a Palestinian national residing in Edinburgh, who was arrested in the August swoop that also saw nine Saoradh members arrested in connection with the New IRA. Hijjawi attended one of the meetings set up by (MI5 agent) Dennis McFadden in July. Hijjawi went on hunger strike on September 16th in protest and his solitary confinement and was yesterday (2020-09-28) moved into the republican wing at Maghaberry and the hunger strikes ended. (IRPWAIrish News | Samidoun | Republican News)

The images in today’s post show IRPWA support for the hunger strikes on Free Derry Corner.

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Join The Socialists!

“Super-rich increase wealth by £25 Billion during crisis yet health workers only get applause … fight for 15% pay increase for all NHS workers.” “US super-rich increase wealth by $367 billion while workers lose lives, jobs, pay. End the rule of billionaires.”

These Socialist Party posters are in the middle Falls, including one on the red letter box outside Áras Uí Chonghaile, interpretative centre for James Connolly, founder of the Socialist Labour Party and the Irish Labour Party.

Previously: You Can’t Have Capitalism Without Racism

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Is Deontóir Mé

Organ Donation week officially ended on September 13th but the murals are still to be seen, on the “International Wall” on Divis Street, Belfast, and, as shown above, on Free Derry Corner, showing 3-year-old Dáithí Mac Gabhann (tw).

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We Will Rise Again

“Empires fall and tyrannies perish.” In the March 25th, 1916 edition of the Workers’ Republic, a month before the rising, James Connolly took heart from “the magnificent parades of Volunteers under arms, the overflowing meetings, the joyous abandon of the Irish gatherings of all descriptions, and above all the exultant rebel note everywhere manifest” to predict that “we will rise again”. Lasair Dhearg stencil on Northumberland Street below the D Coy hoarding.

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A Hunger For Knowledge

This is the Noah Donohoe mural at the bottom of New Lodge Road. Murals looking for answers in the Donohoe case have appeared in all the prominent CNR spaces: #RememberMyNoah (International Wall) | The Wide Blue Yonder (Sliabh Dubh) | Justice For Noah (Free Derry Corner) | A Heart In A Heart (mostly N Belfast)

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Balance Enquiry

“Regardless the country, a state police force will be used as militia for the political elite against the people – fight back” – 32CSM poster with images of police brutality from around the globe, including the death of George Floyd. The stickers on the ATM itself are from Ultras Celtic/Green Brigade.

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The Craft Centre

Father Des Wilson and Frank Cahill sit together in a Springhill flat overlooking Tara Stores and the Craft Centre, two of the enterprises they helped to establish (along with the Whiterock Industrial Estate) in an attempt to bring employment to the area. Around 1982, they were part of a group that bought Conway Mill for use as a community and business centre; the image above was taken in the contemporary Conway Mill.

On the right, the accomplishments and accolades of Seán MacBride are listed (shown below). During the course of his life, MacBride was an IRA member and imprisoned by the Free State, founder of Clann Na Poblachta and TD, and international politician including a spell as chair of Amnesty International. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1974 (WP). The MacBride Principles of 1984 set out nine conditions of fair employment.

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Ballymurphy Massacre Interactive Tour

The starting-point for the Ballymurphy Massacre tour (below) is on the so-called International Wall (at the corner of Divis Street and Northumberland Street) but the first site is two miles away, in Springfield Close. The third stop, shown above, commemorates the lives of Joseph Corr and John Laverty, killed in separate incidents by British Army paratroopers (distinguished by their red berets) on August 11, 1971, at the top of the Whiterock Road.

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You Can’t Have Capitalism Without Racism

“You can’t have capitalism without racism” – Malcolm X, from a speech to the Militant Labor Forum in New York on May 29th, 1964 (youtube). More fully he says “It’s impossible for a white person to believe in capitalism and not believe in racism; you can’t have capitalism without racism.” Sticker by the www.socialistparty.org on the Falls.

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Silence Is Complicity


“Don’t hand him over. Don’t play England’s game. Stop the extradition of Liam Campbell now.” Liam Campbell is wanted, for a second time, in Lithuania on charges of running guns to the Real IRA in 2006-2007. He was arrested in Dundalk in December 2016 and will appeal his extradition in January next year (Irish Times). The posters of support are from Republican Sinn Féin and the Republican Network For Unity.

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