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Belfast Prisoner Starts Protest Fast

December 22, 1985|From Reuters

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — An Irish nationalist guerrilla imprisoned for murder has started what is expected to be a new wave of hunger strikes in British-ruled Northern Ireland.

Prison officials said Robert Tohill, 26, began what he called a fast "to the death" to protest his conviction Wednesday on the word of a self-confessed killer. Tohill, one of 27 men convicted on the testimony of police informer Harry Kirkpatrick, refused breakfast Thursday after spending his first night in the top-security Maze prison near Belfast.

Kirkpatrick has admitted five murders and dozens of other crimes while a member of the outlawed Irish National Liberation Army.

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