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The year before, almost a quarter of the population of
When the government outlawed all protests, the consequent hostile response from the public saw people killed by police gunfire as crowds were forcibly dispersed. Single men and women who were unemployed were especially hard hit. Griffin led a mass raid on the Belfast workhouse in October 1933 and was sentenced to three months in prison for speaking in public in the Custom House Square, with the intent to cause “discontent to the people”. He died after being imprisoned.