100 Years Ago This Week: Ireland’s “Easter Rebellion”

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"Easter Rebellion" 100 years ago this week “Easter Rebellion”
100 years ago this week

Aftermath of the Easter Rebellion Aftermath of the Easter Rebellion

Ireland was the first colony of imperialist Britain. 100 years ago this week, several thousand Irish men and women rose up, arms in hand, to oppose British colonialism. There are many lessons of that uprising. The main one being that national struggles cannot be successfully separated from the class struggle, and those who attempt to do so always end up opposing the interests of the workers in their own country. Here, Finn Geaney explains the history of that rebellion.

100 years ago this week, April 24th 1916, a few hundred men and women, members of two armed bodies, the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army, seized control of a number of key buildings in Dublin and held out against British forces for almost a week. Extensive repressive measures followed the defeat of the Rising. 171 prisoners were…

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