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March staged in Dublin for IRA hunger strikers

Thousands of people from both sides of the Irish border marched through Dublin in support of seven hunger strikers in Belfast's Maze Jail who are seeking political status for Irish Republican Army prisoners. It was the biggest Republican demonstration in Dublin in five years. The hunger strike by the prisoners, all members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army, which wants to end British rule in Northern Ireland, started Oct. 27. It is part of a longstanding campaign by jailed guerrillas against wearing prison uniforms like common criminals. The march ended in a rally outside the Irish Parliament building. There was no violence.