PLO-IRA. PLO = Palestine Liberation Organization. Ariel Sharon became Israeli Minister of defence in 1981 and in 1982 Israel invaded Lebanon. Note that “RPG Avenue” is on this side of the street; it is gone by 1986’s ANC mural. (1)*
“Viva Argentina Ole! Britania [sic] rules the waves no more!” In April, 1982, Argentina invaded the Falkland or Malvinas islands, over which it claims sovereignty.
“Basques OK, ETA OK.” The Spanish constitution of 1978 makes the Basque country an independent “nationality” with Spain, but many in the region reject the constitution. ETA is Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, which at the time was waging an armed campaign.
“Solidarity Between Women In Armed Struggle.” Female volunteers from the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization), Cumann na mBan, and SWAPO (Southwest African People’s Organization, from Namibia). (2)
(1985 dating to 1983 M00290)
ANC. African National Congress, South African group banned until 1990. Moloise was executed by hanging in 1985. (3)
Mandela. In 1988, Mandela was in his 26th year in prison. He would be released on February 11, 1990. His birthday is July 18th, 1918. (4)
“Free Leonard Peltier”. AIM (American Indian Movement) member Leonard Peltier was convicted in 1977 of the murder of two FBI agents at Pine Ridge reservation. (5)
(1990 dating to 1988 M00840)
“Only Our River Runs Free”. Women of various ethnicities: Native American, Palestine, ?, Irish?, and Mexican?
Nicaragua Must Survive (7)
(1990 DS1 110)
Our Struggle, Your Struggle. Native American solidarity. (8)
Women Against Oppression
Basque (Rosnareen) (10)
(1992 DS2 059)
Doire – Managua. Managua is the capital of Nicaragua. (11)
Free Catalonia graffiti, with drawings of the Catalan flag.
Free Catalonia, United Ireland (Rosnareen Rd)
Australian Aborigines (12)
Free Catalonia (Beechmount Ave). Would later be repainted with a white background. (13)
Biko (Ché, Miriam Daly, Peltier, Lila Khaled, Mairéad Farrell, Mandela on the side wall) with the flags of Catalonia, Ireland, the Basque Country, Palestine, and Mexico, with a (sideways) aboriginal flag on the chimney and the pots painted in the colours of man: red, yellow, white, black. (14)
Askatasuna 1997 (Beechmount Gr) (15)
(1997 D00604 D00605 D00606 D00607 D00608 | DS3 060 available at CAIN)
Children Of The World in Creggan (16)
Peltier – Hillman St (18)
(1999 S00090 | TripAdvisor | DS3 063)
Mumia – Conway St (19)
(1999 D00894 | DS3 064)
MLK – Hillman St (20)
(1999 S00091 | DS3 065)
Londoner Stephen Lawrence was murdered by stabbing in 1993 and, although arrests were made, no charges were brought. A 1998 public inquiry found that the Metropolitan Police Service was “institutionally racist”. In 2012, two of the original suspects were found guilty of the murder (WP). Catholic Robert Hamill was beaten to death by loyalists in Portadown in 1997 while police in an RUC land-rover looked on (WP).
(2005 dating to 1999 M02421 Brompton Park, Belfast. The same board (in slightly different colours) appeared in Artana Street, south Belfast. M02087)
East Timor Raytheon – Market St/Orchard St (21)
(2001 dating to 2000 M01417)
East Timor/Raytheon (Free Derry Corner, rear) (22)
(2000 DS3 062)
F-Block Martyrs (in Turkey)
Erdogan Hunger Strike (23)
Black & White – School de-segregation in Arkansas, USA in parallel with the Holy Cross Primary dispute. (24)
Palestine Freedom (26)
Saoirse do Peltier (27)
F-Block hunger strikes in Turkey.
Basque Youth (28)
Malcolm X (29)
Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade/PLO/ETA
Llibertat Països Catalans (30)
America’s Greatest Failure (31)
Castilla Nacion – Fuera Fascistas de Castilla
Frederick Douglass (Divis St) (32)
These next two pro-Palestinian murals were off Lecky Road, on the back of the Bogside Inn.(2005 M02651)
“Palestine: A Homeland Denied”. PLO leader Yasser Arafat died in 2004.
Catalan Countries off the Falls Road in Andersonstown
(2006 dating to earlier but probably no earlier than 2003 M02742)
Stop Israeli Bulldozers
The next two are graffiti on the wall at the old Andersonstown RUC barracks, which was demolished in 2005.
Ireland – Palestine – Basque Country
“Support Hezbollah in their fight against Israel scum! Israel scum out now!” Rossville Street, Derry.
“No imperialist intervention in Iran” on the International Wall, Divis Street, Belfast.
USA: Hands Off Cuba (Divis St)(2007 M03522)
Guernica, reproduced as a mural, depicting the Nazi bombing of the Basque town Gernika during the Spanish Civil War.(2007 M03788)
Las Brigadas Internacionales 1936-39
“Askatasuna! Not Spain, not France – self-determination for the Basque country”
Hamas Rule The Gaza Strip (Lecky Road, Derry)
“Catalonia: 300 years of occupation, 300 years of resistance!” Outside Pilot’s Row Centre in Rossville Street, Derry.
Iraqnica – Picasso’s Guernica reproduced in red and grey as a protest at the invasion of Iraq.(2007 M03923)
Two from Whiterock Road, Belfast.
“Free Palestine From 60 Years Of Nakba!”
“Freedom for the Basque Country” – tarp outside An Cultúrlann, Falls Road, Belfast.
* Parenthetical numbers at the end of entry refer to items in a list by Bill Rolston in Brothers On The Wall pp. 457-9) of 32 international murals from 1982-2006. “DS” = Rolston’s “Drawing Support” series of books.