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NY protest against queen's Irish visit

Irish Americans opposed to the visit to Ireland next week by Queen Elizabeth are planning a protest rally on Tuesday, May 17, the first day of the three-day visit.

The rally, set for 1 p.m., will take place at the Great Hunger Memorial in Battery Park City. the protest is being organized by the presenters of WBAI's Radio Free Eireann.

"For centuries, Britain has robbed Ireland of its natural resources for the enrichment of the crown. Between 1845 and 1852, the English monarchy allowed over one million Irish citizens to die by starvation. The Great Hunger Memorial is a stark reminder of the millions who had to choose between death by starvation or leaving their country and families forever," said organizer John McDonagh.

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"All over Ireland, protests are planned for Queen Elizabeth's visit. Irish Americans who wish to show solidarity should join Radio Free Eireann at the Great Hunger Memorial," said McDonagh who can be contacted for details at (648) 479-8343.