Our Fetters Rent In Twain

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A phoenix rises from a pair of disembodied hands tearing apart an “H” made of brick, illustrating the lines “and then I prayed I yet might see/our fetters rent in twain/and Ireland long a province be/a nation once again”. Also with the lark in barbed wire, four provinces, and names of six hunger strikers: Bobby Sands MP, Francis Hughes, Ray McCreesh, Patsy O’Hara, Joe McDonnell, Martin Hurson. Andersonstown Road (Where, exactly?) Belfast

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Copyright © 1981 LC

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The People Arose In 69

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This is (as of 2016) the oldest continuously maintained mural in Belfast (in Clowney Street). It was touched up in 1987 and 1990, and was repainted in 2013. It features a central phoenix and the shields of the four provinces, and two rhyming couplets: The people arose in 69/they will do it again at any time. Maggie Thatcher think again/don’t let our brave men die in vain.

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Copyright © 1981 LC

Violence Is The Voice Of An Oppressed People

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Martin Luther King in 1966 (in an interview on CBS) said “A riot is the language of the unheard” and in 1967 (in “Beyond Vietnam“) wrote “I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today – my own government.” Misquoted and taken out of context, his words are used approvingly in this INLA/IRA mural.

Gransha Avenue, Belfast

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