"...the International Longshoreman's Association called on its members
not to unload British ships for 24 hours. The move was a demonstration
according to Thomas W. Gleason, the association's present, 'against the
violation of human rights by the British Government.' The boycott was
to end at 7 A.M. today."
"More than 10,000 people rallied in support of the Irish Republican
Army hunger strikers last night in San Francisco and heard calls for a
boycott of British goods. "We have to take economic and political action
to support our friends and punish our enemies," said John Maher, founder
of Delancey Street and one of the organizers of the rally at the Irish
"Los Angeles International Airport was brought to a standstill on American Independence Day, the 4th of July, when 'the Friends of Irish Freedom' staged a massive demonstration outside British Airways to protest the treatment of the hunger strikers and to announce their support for a nationwide boycott of British goods and services.
During the demonstration, airport security officials had to be called in when it became apparent that British Airway passengers were not getting to their flights.
Sean O'Brien, Chairman of the Friends of Ireland, announced during the
demonstration, 'It's time for Americans and Irish alike, to shout out
against the atrocities perpetuated against the Irish people in the north
of Ireland and to show our support for the brave men, women and children
who are willing to sacrifice their lives for a free and united Ireland.'"
"There's a fellow I keep thinking of. His name is Tommy Madden, and he
has a restaurant all the way out on the island. It's at Eastport. He puts
his money where his mouth is. He will not sell Scotch or gin. It's costing
him money. He won't bend. I kept thinking that sooner or later, that spirit
is going to appear in other people. I can't believe that a young kid can
starve himself to death and anybody with a trace of Irish blood in him
won't get disturbed."