Tuesday, April 9, 2013

An Irish epitaph for Thatcher

This clever graffiti adorns a wall along Falls Road, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which is the site of some of the worst violence during “The Troubles,” (which are by no means over). During the height of the British occupation, caravans of British armored vehicles moved up & down this road pointing guns at pedestrians, including women & children.

Not at all accidentally, many of the famous political murals supporting Irish Republican hunger strikers against British rule & occupation in the 1970s & 1980s (many of whom died due to Thatcher’s policies, including Bobby Sands) are on buildings in this same area. There is also a prominent mural of Bobby Sands on the wall along Falls Road as well as a solidarity wall with murals dedicated to Irish Republicans, Palestinian & Basque freedom fighters, & one to the US abolitionist, Frederick Douglass.

It’s just the right place to write her epitaph.

(Photo by Peter Morrison/AP)

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