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(en) Ireland, Dublin: Anti-bin tax marches to Mountjoy

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Date Fri, 17 Oct 2003 21:43:36 +0200 (CEST)


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What's really going on in the city is not what you'll read in
the papers. A good-sized march of over 500 people took place
last night. People assembled in Cabra outside the Bingo hall and
marched down the New Cabra Road towards Mountjoy prison where
there is still ten brave anti-bin tax protesters incarcerated
there.

The march was a noisy affair and was massively supported by the
passing motorists, truck drivers and bus drivers as they passed
us by in the other lane. At the Prison there were a number of
brief speeches from members of the Cabra Committee against the
bin tax. There were cheers of support and solidarity from the
crowd towards the anti-bin tax prisoners inside. The campaign is
growing stronger all the time despite the lies in the media and
the hype by the state trying to make us out to be some kind of
unrepresentative outlaws. The unrepresentative ones are in the
dail [irish parliament - ed.] who coninue to pursue policies
that make the PAYE workers pay more whilst their friends in big
business hold off shore accounts and avoid taxes. There is a
major meeting planned for St. Finbarrs GAA club in Cabra on
Tuesday night and all are encouraged to attend in the area.

After that I went to a pub quiz on Stoneybatter which was well
attended and much needed money was raised for the campaign.

Despite the State jailing people, injuncting people, spreading
lies about us in the media, the councils lying, the campaign is
still alive and kicking back against this double-tax. The
campaign represents the views of working class people and it is
doing everything in its power to stop the councils from
withdrawing the service and ultimately privatising it.

The bin workers (some of whom attended the march last night)
know where all this is leading and their support is evident.

Together we will win this war against the Bin-tax and we will
put a halt to the rampant gallop of Fianna Fail and the PD's
[government parties - ed.] towards privitisation of all our
public services.

Dermot

[personal report by WSM member]

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