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Northern Ireland #516434

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Apr 25, 1981
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(Studio) Imprisoned IRA (Irish Republican Army) member Bobby Sands reported refusing to meet with European mediators trying to persuade him to end hunger strike; concern over civil war resulting from his death noted.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(Belfast, North Ireland) Protestant demonstration outside Sands' prison here protesting publicity received by Sands and Catholics, discussed; films shown. [Parliament member Peter ROBINSON - criticizes publicity given IRA cause.] Sands' background and role with IRA (Irish Republican Army) examined; photos shown. "Blanket campaign" of other imprisoned IRA (Irish Republican Army) members recalled; details given. [Bernadette Devlin McALISKEY - explains Sands' hunger strike.] Sands' recent election to Parliament noted incring. tension surrounding him; IRA's publication of "The Writings of Bobby Sands" and local demonstrations of support for him considered.
REPORTER: Fred Francis

Francis, Fred;
Savitch, Jessica

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