Demonstrations against British leaders
"On Saturday the twenty-eighth, Thatcher will be feted to a sumputous dinner at the luxurious Waldorf-Astoria. During this dinner, Irish political prisoners will begin hunger strike. A demonstration will be held outside the Waldorf from 6:00 PM onwards.
The demonstrations are expected to attract widespread media coverage
thereby using Thatcher's visit to publicize the renewal of the hunger
"Screaming pro-Irish demonstrators disrupted a gala performance of the
British Royal Ballet last night at which Prince Charles was the guest
of honor during his first visit to New York City."
The relatives, who sent a telegram plea to the British Consulate in New York on Monday, intended to ask the Prince to meet with Prime Minister Thatcher and request her to implement the hunger strike demands for recognition of the special status.
The request to the Consulate was to be strengthened by many phone calls
to the Consulate, asking that the prince find time on his tour here to
talk with three young people who know firsthand of the ordeal of the hunger
strikers and who seek to save the lives of others now on strike or determined
to join it."
"Princess Margaret, whose reported "Irish, they're pigs" remark in Chicago created a furor on her last visit to the United States in 1979, has cancelled a trip to Washington next month.
The Thatcher government is reportedly concerned that further Irish Nationalist
demonstrations in the U.S. would provide helpful publicity for the outlawed
Irish Republican Army."
Naturally, after the fiasco of the visit by Prince Charles to New York,
they are particularly concerned at the American reaction to their intransigence."
"On July 29, the bells of St. Paul's Cathedral in London pealed for four consecutive hours in celebration of the royal marriage. On the streets of New York, the bells of Belfast-bin lids-scratched out their own protesting "good cheer" in a mock wedding ceremony alongside the Plaza Hotel on Fifth Avenue.
Inside the hotel, several British-American societies were attending a luncheon lauding their John Bull lineage. Outside, armed with colorful placards, rebel songs and angry chants, more than 500 protestors demonstrated that the allegiance and concern of Irish-Americans remained with Irish hunger strikers.
Staged by Irish Northern Aid and joined by several other metropolitan groups, the noontime demonstration garnered wide media coverage as well as the attention of the lunchtime New York business community.
The highlight of the demonstration was the unannounced and highly unregal
arrival of the "royal" couple, seated in a Central Park hansom cab drawn
by six blanket men. To the laughter of both passersby and demonstrators,
a frustrated Prince Charles urged his "horses" to pull harder, while beside
him, "Lady Di" waved effusively to her sidewalk subjects."
"Britons are convinced that wide-spread pro-Republican sentiment in the
U.S.-fostered by friendly media coverage of the hunger strike-is what
made a shambles of Prince Charles' June visit to America, during which
hecklers dogged his heels and disrupted a ballet performance he was attending
at the Metropolitan Opera House. A subsequent planned visit of Princess
Margaret to the U.S. was canceled for fear of similar incidents."