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(en) Ireland, Dublin: Blockades and lobbies of city bin truck depots

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Wed, 8 Oct 2003 14:12:02 +0200 (CEST)

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There were blockades on two of the four Dublin city depots this
morning and a lobby of the Rathmines depot. This is to mark the
High Court case this morning when 24 protesters from the city
are being dragged into the courts for breaking the councils
injunction against blockading trucks.

Continued problems with co-ordination in the city area meant
these protests happened only a little over 30 hours after it was
decided to blockade two depots. Inevitably this meant that
attendance was small in compassion to earlier blockades, like
that of Grangegorman last week in which 120 were involved.

I was at the Grangegorman blockade which we had agreed to start
at 7.30 but which actually began shortly after 6 when one
activist parked her car across the entrance of the depot. This
prevented trucks getting out until the rest of us arrived.

A couple of trucks had been parked outside over night but when
there was an attempt to drive these off they were also
blockaded. We did allow a number of the small litter vans to
leave by a side gate as these were not doing bin collections.

The other blockade was taking place at Davitt road. We heard by
mobile that a large force of Gardai [police - ed.] had arrived
there and proceeded to assault one of the blockaders. Workers
in the depot came to their rescue saying they "couldn't assault
protesters like that and that they'd get the (Gardai) done for
assault". According to the report the police then got back in
the vans and drove off.

We stopped any trucks getting out until shortly after 8.30. At
that point a couple of Gardai arrived and a council official
read out the high court injunction. We then held a meeting in
front of the gates and decided to end the blockade as a number
of people had to head off to work anyway.

Last night unions affiliated to the Dublin Council of Trade
Unions endorsed a "coordinated campaign of opposition to service
charges". This Saturday afternoon they have organised a march
on Mountjoy prison at 3pm.

[personal report by WSM member]

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