By Peter Shirlow
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Additional resources for Beyond the Wire: Former Prisoners and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland
It is not political, it is a crime’ (O’Malley, 1990: 60). Bobby Sands died on 5 May 1981, on the 66th day of his hunger strike. His funeral was attended by over 100,000 people and his death produced a massive (and largely negative) international reaction to perceived British intransigence (Taylor, 1997, 1980). Despite a range of efforts by mediators (Collins, 1986), and direct channels of communication to the British government through the Foreign Office, ten hunger strikers were to die before this second hunger strike was called off in October 1981.
Denying their status as political and presenting Shirlow 01 intro 28 12/11/07 14:44:13 Understanding Political Imprisonment 29 them as criminal actors is, by extension, to deny the broader political character of the struggle in which they are engaged. Implementing a criminalisation policy in the prisons requires a contingent and partial attitude to law and legality. On the one hand, rigid rule enforcement is adopted as a means to harass and repress prisoners. On the other, law offers only a very limited check on the behaviour of staff towards inmates – the need to ‘break’ the prisoners’ morale and, at times, physical or mental capacity has primacy.
Prisoner collectives may vary from an unwritten code of honour, to an intricate subculture, to a full formal military or paramilitary command structure (Buntman, 2003; Kaminski, 2004). For political prisoners, the organisation’s ideology will unsurprisingly shape the collective. Thus, for example, both the African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa and the Republican prisoners in Northern Ireland placed considerable emphasis on the ‘communal’ nature of their imprisonment, putting into practice their broadly socialist leanings by, for example, pooling resources (McKeown, 2001; Buntman, 2003).
Beyond the Wire: Former Prisoners and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland by Peter Shirlow