Reported in the News Letter on May 2, 1957: Hungarian refugees still on hunger strike

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Fifty women and 95 men among the Hungarian refugees at Knockalisheen (Co Clare) camp were still on hunger strike yesterday.

A spokesmen for them said: “This strike is not against Eire or the Red Cross Society. We fought the Communists and fled from our own country because we had the promise of a happier life, but we have been let down.

“It may be that someone made a mistake, but we were told we were being brought only to a transit camp in Eire from which we would go to Canada, the US or Australia.”

During the night a 30-year-old refugee collapsed as a result of his two-day fast, but he refused to be moved from the “hunger” hut or to take food.

Yesterday his wife, one of the 96 women in the camp who were freed from the hunger strike the previous night, refused to eat her breakfast.

About 50 women in all went on a sympathy hunger strike yesterday morning, refusing the breakfast of coffee or tea, with bread and butter, brought to their huts.

The 165 children aged under 18 in the camp were fed yesterday morning, as were 15 invalids.