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Bobby Sands

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Robert Gerard Sands (Erse: Roibeárd Gearóid Ó Seachnasaigh;[1] 9 Mairch 1954 – 5 May 1981) wis a member o the Proveesional Erse Republican Airmy who died on hunger strike while imprisoned at HM Prison Maze efter bein sentenced for firearms possession.

He wis the leader o the 1981 hunger strike in which Erse republican prisoners protested against the removal o Special Category Status. During Sands's strike, he wis elected tae the Breetish Pairlament as an Anti H-Block candidate.[2][3] His daith an those o nine ither hunger strikers wis followed bi a new surge o Provisional IRA recruitment an activity. Internaitional media coverage brocht attention tae the hunger strikers, an the Republican movement in general, attracting baith praise an criticism.[4]


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  3. "CAIN: Politics: Elections: Westminster By-election (NI) Thursday 9 April 1981". Cain.ulst.ac.uk. 9 Apryle 1981. Retrieved 26 Apryle 2010.
  4. "CAIN archive at the University of Ulster". Cain.Ulst.ac.uk. 5 Mey 1981. Retrieved 26 Apryle 2010.