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Remembering Irish Hunger Strikers in Cuba

2 October, 2015 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD this morning spoke at the memorial in Havana to the 1981 republican hunger strikers which he formally unveiled 14 years ago on the 20th anniversary of the hunger strike.

The Sinn Féin leader said:

“The hunger strike became a metaphor for Ireland's long struggle for freedom and independence.

“It was an epic story of unselfishness, courage and generosity versus self-interest, intransigence and imperialism.

“That same spirit is visible here in Cuba and everywhere stronger powers refuse to recognise that people have the right to be who weare.

“The people of Cuba have been vindicated by the change of US policy recently and while that will present many challenges, such challengesare part of revolutionary struggle.

“The Sinn Féin leader commended the leadership of President Raul Castro and President Obama and he singled out President Castro's key role in the Colombian peace process.” 

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