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HUNGER strikes.

Byline: Newton EMERSON

HUNGER strikes just aren't what they used to be. Continuity IRA prisoners at Maghaberry held a 72-hour fast this week, following on from 24 and 48-hour fasts over the summer. But there's no need to get the feeding tubes out just yet.

According to strike spokesman Tony McPhilips, the 15 prisoners have been "refusing prison food and surviving only on supplies bought from the tuck shop". Oh the humanity!

How can the evil British Empire stand idly by while some mother's son wastes away on a diet of Pot Noodles and Mars Bars? Will there be a prison break, or will they just have a Kit Kat? What is the dissident republican position on Jaffa Cakes? Is anyone brave enough to ask the loyalists for some Fruit & Nut?

Bobby Sands said: "Our revenge will be the laughter of our children". But when the Continuity IRA goes on hunger strike, the whole country is in stitches.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 22, 2006
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