This is a gallery of murals (and some examples of graffiti and flags) expressing solidarity with other countries.
Key to reference numbers. Thanks to all of the following for the use of their images.
D = firstname.lastname@example.org collection
M = Peter Moloney Collection – Murals
X = Extramural Activity collection
“DS” refers to Bill Rolston’s “Drawing Support” series of books.
A number in parentheses at the end of an entry refer to items in a list by Bill Rolston in Brothers On The Wall (pp. 457-9) of 32 international murals from 1982-2006.
PLO-IRA. PLO = Palestine Liberation Organization. Ariel Sharon became Israeli Minister of defence in 1981 and in 1982 Israel invaded Lebanon. Note that “RPG Avenue” is on this side of the street; it is gone by 1986’s ANC mural. (1)
“Viva Argentina Ole! Britania [sic] rules the waves no more!” In April, 1982, Argentina invaded the Falkland or Malvinas islands, over which it claims sovereignty.
“Basques OK, ETA OK.” The Spanish constitution of 1978 makes the Basque country an independent “nationality” with Spain, but many in the region reject the constitution. ETA is Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, which at the time was waging an armed campaign.
“Solidarity Between Women In Armed Struggle.” Female volunteers from the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization), Cumann na mBan, and SWAPO (Southwest African People’s Organization, from Namibia). (2)
(1985 dating to 1983 M00290)
The ANC is the African National Congress, a South African group banned until 1990. Moloise was executed by hanging in 1985. (3)
Mandela. In 1988, Mandela was in his 26th year in prison. He would be released on February 11, 1990. His birthday is July 18th, 1918. (4)
“Free Leonard Peltier”. AIM (American Indian Movement) member Leonard Peltier was convicted in 1977 of the murder of two FBI agents at Pine Ridge reservation. (5)
(1990 dating to 1988 M00840)
“Only Our River Runs Free”. Women of various ethnicities: Native American, Palestine, ?, Irish?, and Mexican?
[There is a separate Visual History page on Che as an icon in republican murals, as part of a discussion of the influence of Jim Fitzpatrick.]
Nicaragua Must Survive – painted on boards and displayed in the city centre (7)
(1990 GerardMoCharaKelly.com | DS1 110)
Our Struggle, Your Struggle. Native American solidarity. (8)
Women Against Oppression
You Can Kill The Revolutionary. Irish volunteer, James Connolly, Emiliano Zapata, member of the United Farm Workers. Dedicated to the San Patricios. (9)
(2002 dating to 1992 M01647)
Basque (Rossnareen) (10)
(1992 DS2 059)
Doire – Managua. Managua is the capital of Nicaragua. (11)
Free Catalonia graffiti, with drawings of the Catalan flag.
Forward To Freedom/Free Catalonia, United Ireland (side by side in Rossnareen Ave)
(1996 dating to 1995 T00169)
No Pasarán on the walls of Derry
“Timeless Time” Australian Aborigines (12)
Free Catalonia (Beechmount Ave). Would later be repainted with a white background. (13)
Biko (with, clockwise, Ché, Miriam Daly, Peltier, Lila Khaled, Mairéad Farrell; Mandela on the side wall) with the flags of Catalonia, Ireland, the Basque Country, Palestine, and Mexico, with a (sideways) aboriginal flag on the chimney and the pots painted in the colours of man: red, yellow, white, black. (14)
Askatasuna 1997 (Beechmount Gr) (15)
Children Of The World in Creggan (16)
Cuba – Ireland – Shiels St (17)
Peltier – Hillman St (18)
Mumia – Conway St (19)
MLK – Hillman St (20)
Londoner Stephen Lawrence was murdered by stabbing in 1993 and, although arrests were made, no charges were brought. A 1998 public inquiry found that the Metropolitan Police Service was “institutionally racist”. In 2012, two of the original suspects were found guilty of the murder (WP). Catholic Robert Hamill was beaten to death by loyalists in Portadown in 1997 while police in an RUC land-rover looked on (WP).
(2005 dating to 1999 M02421 Brompton Park, Belfast. The same board (in slightly different colours) appeared in Artana Street, south Belfast. M02087)
East Timor Raytheon – Market St/Orchard St (21)
(2001 dating to 2000 M01417)
East Timor/Raytheon (Free Derry Corner, rear) (22)
(2000 DS3 062)
F-Block Martyrs (in Turkey)
Erdogan Hunger Strike (23)
Black & White – School de-segregation in Arkansas, USA in parallel with the Holy Cross Primary dispute. (24)
Sharon-Arafat (25) in the Markets, Belfast
Palestinian flag painted on a board in Derry
(2002 M01615 which also shows a Palestinian flag flying over Free Derry Corner)
Che Guevara in Strabane
Palestine Freedom (26)
Saoirse do Peltier (27)
F-Block hunger strikes in Turkey.
PLO – Óglaigh in Derry
Malcolm X (29)
Basque Youth (28)
Boycott Israeli Goods
Lá na bPalíneach tarp on the Falls
Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade/PLO/ETA in Derry
Llibertat Països Catalans (30)
America’s Greatest Failure (31)
Castilla Nacion – Fuera Fascistas de Castilla
Support The Palestinians (Crocus Street)
Frederick Douglass (Divis St) (32)
These next two pro-Palestinian murals were off Lecky Road, on the back of the Bogside Inn.
Balata is a refugee camp in the West Bank, near Nablus.
(2005 M02654 See also M03436)
“Palestine: A Homeland Denied”. PLO leader Yasser Arafat died in 2004.
Catalan Countries off the Falls Road in Andersonstown
(2006 dating to earlier but probably no earlier than 2003 M02742)
“Support Hezbollah in their fight against Isreal [sic] scum! Isreal [sic] scum out now!” Rossville Street, Derry.
Stop Israeli Bulldozers
The next two are graffiti on the wall at the old Andersonstown RUC barracks, which was demolished in 2005.
Ireland – Palestine – Basque Country
(2006 M03115 “psyops” later covered over and replaced with “Hizbollah” plus “Hamas” below – J2902)
Hezbollah Rule – 2006 was the year of the Lebanon War on the Lebanon-Israel border. Stanley’s Walk, Derry.
(2006 M03354 See also M03144 for the flags of Palestine and Lebanon flying in Newry.)
Hand-drawn Basque flag in Dove Gardens, Derry
(2006 M03250 See also M03356)
Palestinian flag flying in William Street, Derry.
(M03344 See M03423 for 2007 version with SF poster. See also M03358)
“No imperialist intervention in Iran” on the International Wall, Divis Street, Belfast.
USA: Hands Off Cuba (Divis St)
Guernica, reproduced as a mural, depicting the Nazi bombing of the Basque town Gernika during the Spanish Civil War.
Las Brigadas Internacionales 1936-39
“Askatasuna! Not Spain, not France – self-determination for the Basque country”
Hamas Rule The Gaza Strip (Lecky Road, Derry)
“Catalonia: 300 years of occupation, 300 years of resistance!” Outside Pilot’s Row Centre in Rossville Street, Derry.
Ernesto Che Guevara Lynch, Fahan Street, Derry
Iraqnica – Picasso’s Guernica reproduced in red and grey as a protest at the invasion of Iraq.
Two from Whiterock Road, Belfast.
“Israel Fuck You”
(2008 X00274 See also 2006 J2830)
“Free Palestine From 60 Years Of Nakba!”
Weary People, What Reap Ye? (The Great Hunger in Ireland with imagery of native Australians) Donegall Road, Belfast. (There is a separate Visual History page on the Great Hunger.)
(1995 T00155. See also M04224)
George Dubya Bush, War Criminal (Belfast)
“Freedom for the Basque Country” – tarp outside An Cultúrlann, Falls Road, Belfast.
Ireland – Catalonia (white version)
Gaza Bleeds, The World Fiddles
Palestine outside the Free Derry Museum
Cuba – Fifty Years Of Revolution
Arkansas – Ardoyne – South Belfast
All Flags Are Welcome
Palestine flag in Short Strand, Belfast
Israeli flag flying in PUL area (in this case, Shore Rd)
Palestinian and Basque flags flying in Top Of The Hill, Derry.
50 aniversario Cuban Revolution 1959-2009 in Strabane
Free Palestine Now in Derry’s Bogside
Israeli Scum (also “Hamas”) in the Bogside, Derry
Boycott Israeli Goods in Derry
Askatasuna (Basque) mural at the former site of the Andytown RUC barracks
Shame On You Israel
Not Spain, Not France – Catalonia
Barbabrian Israeli Aggression – updated mural on Divis Street, Belfast
Rosa Parks – Mother Of The Civil Rights Movement
Welcome To Iveagh (Belfast)
Women Of Inspiration in St James’s, Belfast
End The Blockade Of Gaza at the Top Of The Rock, Belfast
Pro-Hamas and Gaddafi graffiti in the Bogside (Derry)
Glen Road/Falls Rd, Belfast
Che-Sands board in Hugo Street, Belfast
The new Frederick Douglass mural, now in Northumberland Street, Belfast,
Palestinian hunger strikers on the so-called “International Wall”, Belfast.
‘Free the five’ on the International Wall, Belfast.
Jim Stranney plaque in Belfast
Basque Country mural in Beechmount Avenue, Belfast
Latuff cartoon in support of Palestinian POWs on Northumberland Street, Belfast,
‘Free the Cuban 5’ on the rear of Free Derry Corner.
32CSM placard expressing “solidarity” with Palestine.
“End Israeli terror in Palestine” in Derrybeg, Newry
Additional international-solidarity murals in the ‘Peter Moloney Collection – Murals’ will be added here as they are added to the main page; click here for international-solidarity murals on Extramural Activity.
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