Hunger strike anniversary tomorrow

Sinn F�in councillor Patricia Logue pictured at the Joe McDonnell hunger strike anniversary event at Rossville Street on Friday. (1207MM06)
Sinn F�in councillor Patricia Logue pictured at the Joe McDonnell hunger strike anniversary event at Rossville Street on Friday. (1207MM06)
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A commemoration event will be held in Derry tomorrow to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of hunger striker Martin Hurson.

The event will take place at the H Block monument on Rossville Street at 1pm.

It follows on from a similar commemoration event held on Friday to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of hunger striker Joe McDonnell.

Friday’s event, which was attended by a crowd of around 100 local republicans was chaired by Joanne McDaid and the main speaker was Brandywell Sinn Féin councillor, Patricia Logue.

Speaking at Friday’s event, the former Deputy Mayor said; “Adamant from the day he was sentenced, Joe McDonnell refused to put on the prison uniform to take a visit. So adamant was he that he would not be criminalised, he embarked on hunger strike on Sunday, May 9th, 1981. At 5.11 a.m. on July 8th he died after sixty one days of agonising hunger strike, rather than be criminalised.”

Colr. Logue described the hunger strike as one of the most important events on modern Irish history.

“The hunger strike remains one of the defining chapters in Irish history. The primary focus of all the local events in Derry over the next few months is to celebrate the lives and sacrifices of the ten men who died. They remind us all of the very heroic struggle to defeat Margaret Thatcher’s policy of criminalisation and to acknowledge all those who in any way contributed to the national H Block Armagh effort and to the vanguard of that were political prisoners in Armagh and the H Blocks” she said.

The event concluded by a minutes silence and a lowering of the national flag.