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Hunger Strike Commemoration 1987

Sean McKernan

Photo Date: 1987

Republicans mark the sixth anniversary of the 1981 hunger strike in which 10 republican prisoners died. Spring 1987 was marked by serious rioting in West Belfast in the wake of the funeral of IRA man Larry Marley, who was shot dead (April 1987) by the loyalist UVF, and the introduction of the Public Order (NI) Order, which gave the RUC powers to prohibit marches.