Wanted for Murder and Torture of Irish Prisoners.
(No place): No printing details, no date (c.1981). Scarce political poster depicting an image of the ‘Iron Lady’, Margaret Thatcher the then Prime Minister of Great Britain. Thatcher’s relationship with Ireland was never easy, during a time of great unrest in the North and considerable uncertainty about its future. Shortly before she came to power her spokesman on Northern Ireland, Airey Neave, was assassinated in a car bomb at Westminster, an attack which the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) later claimed responsibility for. Undeterred by his death, Thatcher was concerned more with ensuring security forces cracked down on dissent in the North rather than focus immediately on achieving a lasting peace. Her belief from the start was that any solution to the conflict would need to involve a victory for the security forces over the IRA. Then came the Hunger Strikes in 1981 which would test the resolve of the Iron Lady. Bobby Sands and his fellow prisoners in the Maze argued that they should be given prisoner-of-war status. But Thatcher was in no doubt that they were not prisoners of war. “Crime is crime is crime. It is not political, it is crime,” she said but her inflexibility and the deaths of 10 of the hunger strikers would strengthen the feeling of hatred towards her among republicans. Having made her their number one target, the IRA attempted to assassinate Thatcher at the Conservative Party conference in the English seaside city of Brighton in 1984. This anti-Thatcher protest poster reacting to the 1981 Irish Hunger Strike measures approx. 42cm by 29cm and is in very good condition.
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