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IRSP on Thatcher’s Legacy

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Irish National Liberation Army volunteers fire shots over the casket of INLA hunger striker Patsy O'Hara who was murdered by then Prime Minister Margret Thatcher (photo courtesy of BBC).

Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) volunteers fire shots over the casket of INLA hunger striker Patsy O’Hara who was murdered by then Prime Minister Margret Thatcher (photo courtesy of BBC).

The Irish Republican Socialist Party had this to say about the passing of Maggie Thatcher:

The death of the “Iron Lady” seems to be the topic of the day with much, predictable though nonetheless sickening, genuflecting from the Irish main stream media who are seeking to depict her as a pragmatic protagonist in Anglo-Irish relations and as a modernising reformer in the UK.

The Tyrant, from a Tyrannical regime, has indeed passed away, yet the monster she created lives on. Our energies today need to focus on how we can successfully confront the tyranny of market fundamentalism, on rebuilding those social solidarities so ravaged by Thatcher and her ilk, and on leading the fight towards revolutionary social change in Ireland and worldwide.

It is with particular poignancy today that I quote one of the brave ten hunger strikers of 1981, INLA Volunteer Party O’Hara:

“After we are gone, what will you say you were doing? Will you say you were with us in our struggle or were you conforming to the very system that drove us to our deaths?”

Patsy’s example and his words ring true for us all today who strive to oppose the ravages of modern day imperialism and capitalism. Do we conform to the system or do we oppose it through struggle?

As Patsy said.. ”Let the fight go on…”

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