The last three weeks have seen a dramatic escalation of street protests and other forms of opposition to the cutbacks that are being introduced by the Leinster House and Stormont regimes.
From Cork to Belfast and from Donegal to Dublin, people have taken to the streets in huge numbers to defend their public services. That this upsurge in resistance has taken place during a period of Arctic weather conditions makes it all the more remarkable. Below are summary reports on just a handful of the protests which have taken place over the last three weeks.
ICTU March, Dublin
As soon as the main ICTU platform had concluded, an ‘alternative’ platform at the Daniel O’Connell monument was set up. Upwards of 5,000 people heard speakers from a variety of trade unions and left-wing political organisations repeatedly call for a general strike, whilst criticising the collective failures of the trade union leadership.
éirígí’s Louise Minihan, representing the 1% Network, received particularly vocal support when she addressed the assembled crowds, asserting that “the working class could bring the elite of this country to their knees... Through a general strike, the working class can defeat the cutback agenda and force the Fianna Fáil-GreenParty coalition from office. But it shouldn’t stop there – a general election to put twiddle dumb or twiddle dee into government will change nothing for the workers of this state. It’s the system that’s at fault, not how it is managed!”
Anti-Budget Protest, Donegal
Up to 120 people heard éirígí’s Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig urge people to remember that “every one of the elected TDs, MEPs and senators, whether here in Donegal or nationally, are all equally guilty for the state this country is in today due to the fact they backed the policies which led to this crisis. We cannot trust these politicians and a sustained campaign of street protest, civil disobedience and general strikes organised by ordinary people is the only way forward.”
Anti-Budget Protest, Dublin
éirígí’s Daithi Mac An Mháistir addressed the protesters: “These politicians and their masters in the IMF and EU represent the interests of those who will never know what it is to try and live on a worker’s wage or to be unemployed and in need of decent, accessible and sustainable social service provision... The only choice on offer from the establishment parties is the choice between different forms of capitalism; whether it is naked ‘neo-liberalism’ or the ‘capitalism with a conscience’ of social democracy… We will have to fight collectively for the establishment of a socialist republic. That is right. We will have to fight because the coming fight is inevitable.”
Anti-Budget Protest, Cork
Anti-Student Fees Protest, Belfast
Anti-Student Fees Protest, Derry
Anti-Budget Protest, Sligo
Smash the NAMA Republic!
Different Name, Same Aim
Campaign for British withdrawal
We Only Want the Earth!
No British Royal Visits!
Workers in Struggle
Reclaim The Republic
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