Bobby Sands Street Petition

October 3, 2008 · Print This Article

To:  His Excellency Hojjatoleslam Sayed Mohammad Khatami, President of Iran

THE name Bobby Sands is known throughout the world, symbolising the heroism of an Irish prisoner and his comrades who died on hunger strike in their unequal fight against their British jailors. Over the course of the past two years British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has been lobbying Iran’s Foreign Minister to change the name of Bobby Sands Street, where the British Embassy is situated, in the capital Tehran. (It was formerly known as Winston Churchill Street.)

Bobby Sands was an Irish patriot and martyr, who died on 5 May 1981, after 66 days on hunger strike. Whilst in prison he was elected as a Member of Parliament [MP]. One hundred thousand people attended his funeral, including the Iranian ambassador to Sweden.

The British government has no right to be in Ireland, just as it has no right to be interfering in the affairs of any other nation.

We appeal to the Iranian government and its people not to bow to requests from the British government to rename Bobby Sands Street.

Here is a PDF of the Iranian petition of all those that signed the petition and their comments.


2 Responses to “Bobby Sands Street Petition”

  1. Martin McDonagh on January 2nd, 2015 11:53 am

    As an Irish Republican, we are honoured by Iran’s gesture, we have always had great time for Iran for standing up to the imperialist west, even to this day. We will always support Iran. Beir Bua (Bring Victory)

  2. Dave Browne on January 30th, 2015 11:20 am

    Well the Iranians are probably fairer political commentators than the Southern establishment.! The RTE John Murray Show had a competition to choose what were the top ten Irish poems of the last 100 years. The result was announced on the 30 of January 2015.The public had a vote and apparently Bobby Sands’ The Rhythm of Time received a huge number of votes, however, this was dismissed by Murray who said that there was ‘a campaign’ to vote for it. The poem did not make the top ten! suprise suprise! Je Suis Bobby!!!!!!

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