Pat Sheehan hits out as hunger strikers’ posters defaced
Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan said it beggars belief that so-called dissident Republicans would denigrate the memory of hunger strikers who died in English jails and the H-Blocks of Long Kesh.
And the West Belfast MLA who spent 55 days on hunger strike in 1981 said those responsible are engaged in a campaign against the community.
Pat Sheehan said:
“It’s an absolute disgrace that anyone would deface images of the hunger strikers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the struggle for Irish freedom in English jails and in the H-Blocks.
“It is incomprehensible that the people who denigrated the memory of these men who gave their all claim to be Republicans.
“Over the last couple of weeks these people have been engaged in a campaign of intimidation against the community.
“They have threatened and intimidated community and voluntary workers, including workers from the largest community festival in Ireland and have attempted to intimidate local artists including a Republican ex-prisoner.
“Their only conflict seems to be with their own community and today’s action in denigrating the memory of the hunger strikers is another new low.
“This was a vile act and I am calling on as many people as possible to come to tomorrow’s national commemoration which gathers at Divis Tower at 2pm to show the high esteem the hunger strikers are held in in the community.