Robert Gerard Sands (Erse: Roibeárd Gearóid Ó Seachnasaigh; 9 Mairch 1954 – 5 May 1981) wis a member o the Proveesional Erse Republican Airmy who died on hunger strike while imprisoned at HM Prison Maze efter bein sentenced for firearms possession.
He wis the leader o the 1981 hunger strike in which Erse republican prisoners protested against the removal o Special Category Status. During Sands's strike, he wis elected tae the Breetish Pairlament as an Anti H-Block candidate. His daith an those o nine ither hunger strikers wis followed bi a new surge o Provisional IRA recruitment an activity. Internaitional media coverage brocht attention tae the hunger strikers, an the Republican movement in general, attracting baith praise an criticism.
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