Jail Not Bail! Anglo Monies Cannot be Paid Over
Cathaoirleach éirígí Brian Leeson has called for the ending of the public bail out of the private banking sector and the imprisonment of those responsible for the banking collapse.
Speaking from Dublin, Leeson said, “The planned payment of €3.1billion to the former Anglo Irish Bank this Saturday (March 31) should be halted and no further payments should be made to clear the debts incurred by Anglo or any other private bank.
“The decision by the Fianna Fáil/ Green Party coalition to nationalise the bankrupt banks in September 2008 was itself morally bankrupt. It was yet another example of the stroke politics of a political establishment which exists to serve the interests of the golden circle of bankers, property developers and financial speculators. It was wrong then and it is wrong now. There is no moral obligation upon the people of this state to continue with a corrupt and economically damaging bank bailout. In fact it is morally wrong for the Dublin Government to continue with a process which is basically transferring public funds out of hospitals, schools and housing and into banks and stock markets. These payments act against the interests of the vast majority of people in this state.”
Calling for the prosecution and punishment of those who caused the banking crisis Leeson said, “We are now almost four years into the banking crisis and not one person has faced the courts for causing it. And it is looking increasingly likely that nobody ever will. Instead of handing over the people’s money to the banks the state should be handing over bankers to the people!
“As things currently stand the only people to have appeared before the courts as a result of the entire banking crisis are the seven éirígí protesters charged in May 2010. And the only two people convicted are two éirígí activists who were found guilty by a judge who previously represented Anglo Irish Bank.”
Leeson concluded by encouraging people to join this Saturday’s protest at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis in Dublin, “Resistance to the bank bailout and the austerity measures being imposed by the Troika is growing. This Saturday will see major protests at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis. We in éirígí are encouraging people to come onto the streets and add their voices to the growing demand for an end to the economic and social vandalism of the Troika and their lackies in Leinster House.”