In the spring of 1981 Bobby Sands’ 66-day hunger strike brought the attention of the world to his cause. Drawing on an Irish Republican tradition of martyrdom, Sands’ emotive, non-violent protest to be classified as a political prisoner became a defining moment in 20th century Irish history.
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Take the Israel-Palestine conflict, the SA Apartheid regime, revolutions are incredibly fraught and complex. The Northern Ireland peace process has been just that. All terrorist acts should be condemned in and of themselves, but the IRA are more complex than their most extremist factions, as proven by the iconic Bobby Sands whose hunger strike inverted the paradigm of violence and raises robust discourse to this day.