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(en) Ireland, Dublin, Black Bloc Blockade of Top Oil Petrol Station on Amiens Street

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Mon, 6 Oct 2003 13:40:47 +0200 (CEST)

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It was a small but good action. As anarchists we're always
moaning about the marches organised by the likes of the
SWP/IAWM/GR and the NGOs, saying that they lack bite.
So this time rather than wait around and listen to speeches at the
end of yet another round of walking around town with placards and
banners, we decided to take the initiative ourselves and do a
direct action. The sound of Joe Carolan doing some "rousing"
singing was ringing in my head like a painful migraine as we left
the speech trailer on Merrion Square.

We marched in a block during the main march, attracting a lot of
attention from cameramen, and also a couple of Socialist Party
newspaper sellers who told us we were morons, giving the
"movement" a bad name, etc. Look - its a face mask, not a
weapon. Deal with it. You sell your papers and build your precious
political party - and we'll go off and actually get shit done on a
march rather than talk. We're as much a part of "the movement"
as anyone, you (especially the SP) dont have a monopoly on the
ideology or the way people should dress. Personally I find people
like you much scarier than anyone in a face mask.

We went down to Top Oil (Top Oil refuel the planes in Shannon in
case you didnt know) on Amiens Street, where there were already
a fair few cops waiting for us. We werent really sure how much
the cops were going to let us get away with it, so when it became
obvious that they were keeping us off the forecourt, we linked
arms and formed a human chain across the entrance.

There then followed a bit of pushing and shoving on the part of the
Garda to get us out of the way. I wouldnt raise them to the level of
"scuffles" but there were journalists there who will probably print
it as that. We managed to hang on for a bit but they started
shoving us more, and there was a fair bit of confusion. People
were lying on the ground then and the cops tried to get them up,
but they stayed put and the cops just gave up.

They kept pushing us back behind their imaginary line (constantly
changing of course), but overall they werent heavy handed, and
the atmosphere was relaxed. When the pushing and shoving
began I was sure things were going to escalate into arrests, but
people were joking and laughing as it was happening (hardly class
war!), and one of us started bawling his head off baby-style which
had everyone (including the Garda) in knots of laughter.

We stayed at the Top Oil for about an hour and then dispersed
into town.

It was good to see people doing a direct action in Dublin, related
to Shannon. Even just marching towards the location was great,
clogging up traffic and walking the wrong way down streets. Next
time we'll have bigger numbers (our action was organised at the
last minute) and hopefully autonomous actions like this will grow
and multiply. Marching around in circles achieves fuck all - this
has got to change.

Peace love & anarchy!
> by alan the anarchist

Photos from the Black Bloc Blockade of Top Oil Petrol Station on
Amiens Street, Dublin:

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