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(en) Ireland, Kinsale: Sit Down Protest Disrupts 'Business As Usual' and Gardai

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Date Mon, 19 May 2003 12:13:43 +0200 (CEST)


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> Sit Down Protest Disrupts 'Business As Usual' at exclusive golf course.
A large force of Gardai defended the exclusive Old Head of
Kinsale Golf club from a gathering of walkers and protestors.
Although this was the first time that protesters failed to gain
access to the walk, a spirited sit-down protest at the gates to
the golf links ensured that ‘business at usual’ did not happen.
The next protest date has been set for Sunday, June 29th.
> Gardaí Heavy Handed At Kinsale Protest
A big Garda and Special Branch presence at the Old Head of
Kinsale Golf Course, outside Kinsale, Co. Cork, prevented over
fifty protesters and walkers from gaining access to the
tradition walk to the lighthouse on Sunday. Although this was
the first time that we have failed to gain access to the walk, a
spirited sit-down protest at the gates to the golf links ensured
that ‘business at usual’ did not happen. The next protest date
has been set for Sunday, June 29th with a planned 'carnival' and
'sit-down' blocade as the likely tactics to be used.

>From the outset it was clear that the Gardaí’s approach to the
protests at the golf course had changed. On foot of the Supreme
Court decision supporting the exclusive Golf Course's right to
bar the general public from having any access to the scenic
area, Superintendent Richard Duggan of Bandon announced that any
attempt to gain entry to the golf course would be seen as
‘trespass on private property’. In a further departure from
previous years, over thirty uniformed Gardaí, Emergency Response
Unit and Special Branch took up position inside the gates of the
Old Head Golf Course, to secure both the gate and fences from
any attempt by protesters and walkers to gain access. These
Garda forces were backed up by a huge civilian force of ‘private
security’ hired by the golf course owners, the millionaire
O’Connor Brothers. Other Gardai barred access to the main gate
on the outside.

Torrential rain played a major part in reducing the numbers that
made it to the remote Old Head for the afternoon protest and as
a result it was clear from 2 pm onwards that the protesters were
badly out-numbered. After a number of requests to gain entry to
the traditional walk, protesters blocked the main gate leading
into the golf course. When a number of vehicles attempted to
leave, the Special Branch and Gardaí manhandled protesters to
the side. As usual excessive force was used and a number of
plain clothes Special Branch refused to identify themselves to
protesters who had been manhandled. After a stand-off the
vehicles made their way through the blocade and left the golf
course. However in a clear sign that the Gardaí were unhappy
with how events were developing, no further vehicles were
allowed to leave the golf course until the protest formally
ended at 4 pm. Despite their failure to gain entry to the walk,
a meeting of protesters resolved to return at the end of June.


see also
http://flag.blackened.net/revolt/ws/2001/66/kinsale.html

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