Protests following the death of Bobby Sands
"In Boston, about 35 people - many wearing mourning black - gathered
in front of the British Consulate's home on Chestnut street for a candlelight
vigil after Sands' death."
"As bagpipers played Irish laments and a symbolic coffin covered with the Irish flag was carried by marchers, about 1,500 demonstrators paraded yesterday evening in front of the British consulate on Manhattan's East Side to protest the death of Robert Sands and to denounce the Government of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher...
The demonstration in front of the consulate on Third Avenue and 52nd
Street was one of a handful around the country, all of them reportedly
noisy but peaceful. There were also memorial vigils and prayer services
sponsored by Irish American organizations."
"[Pat] Nolan, one of the most active Irish Republican Army supporters among San Francisco's Irish bar-owners…sent away most of the people in his bar, announcing he was closing his doors from noon to 3 p.m. in memory of Sands.
Nolan also organized other Irish bar owners around town, and many closed
their bars for a few hours to show their solidarity with the cause that
Sands died for."
"Nearly 300 chanting supporters of the Irish Republican Army demonstrated in front of the British consul's house in Pacific Heights last night, protesting the deaths of IRA hunger strikers Francis Hughes and Bobby Sands.
The protesters, who ranged from children to senior citizens, carried placards saying: "Avenge Sands and Hughes-Smash British Imperialism.
One demonstrator, the Rev. Paul Devine, 48, of St. Bernard's Church in
Oakland, said he grew up in Belfast and was marching in his priestly garb
because 'this is my way of protesting murders by the English.'"
"More than 10,000 marchers closed off five Manhattan blocks in front of the British Consulate last Saturday, in the largest Republican demonstration in America in ten years. The second largest demonstration occurred spontaneously on Tuesday, following the death of Robert Sands. These demonstrations were organized by Irish Northern Aid.
Similar demonstrations occurred across the country. In San Francisco, more than 2,000 demonstrated, and there was a call by Fr. Devine for a boycott of British goods which received extensive media coverage.
In Boston, there have been daily demonstrations since Sands' death and the daily pickets continue in Chicago.
Philadelphia has also been the site of major protests.
Meanwhile the Longshoremen announced a one day refusal boycott of British
shipping. Transit Workers Union leader John Lawe called upon his members
to drive with headlights on all day n the day of Sands' burial. A national
boycott of British Airways has been announced."
"New Yorkers of all ages, religions and political backgrounds joined
in the vigil for Irish nationalist Bobby Sands in demonstrations throughout
New York City on Monday, May 4, as Sands drifted closer to death in Maze