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(en) Ireland: Police harassment of Mayday protest leafleting continues

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Thu, 22 Apr 2004 13:08:55 +0200 (CEST)


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Over the last week the Gardai [Irish police -ed.] have repeatedly turned up
on occasions where the Dublin Grassroots Network has been attempting to
inform the public about the Mayday protests. On each occasion they have
demanded the names of the people there in what can only be a crude attempt
to intimidate the protest organiser and reduce their ability to inform the
public about the protesrs. What are they afraid of you finding out?
Last night Dublin Grassroots Network was carrying out two door to door
leafleting runs in Cabra and Rathmines both of which had been publicly
advertised on the indymedia website. It was a foul evening, the
torrential downpour at 7pm delayed our start time.

The Gardai harassed the Cabra group again. We were doing a cul-de-sac
when a Gardai van pulled up. They wanted to know what we were doing so
we told them distributing leaflets advertising the mayday protests.
However it was quite obvious that they had come into the cul-de-sac
looking for us and were already fully aware of who we were. As there
was no sign of the van at the meet up point (Hanlons corner) we can
only presume that the secret police (Special Branch) had followed us
from there and called in the van to harass us.

When they asked for our names we said no as we had told them what we
were doing, it was quite legal and they had no right to our names. I
also asked if they were also stopping people delivering leaflets for
Dominos Pizza and demanding their names. The senior Guard replied that
"they are not delivering what you are delivering". You can read the
text of the forbidden leaflet at
http://struggle.ws/eufortress/whyprotest.html

The scene attracted some local kids who hung around the guards as we
headed off. Afterwards they caught up with us and said they had heard
one of the cops saying he'd check with the council to see if they could
find some by-lay against leafleting!

Whether or not you agree with the protests this is now becoming a major
civil liberties issue. The Guards have declared an intention to prevent
any major protest happening in Dublin over Mayday (Irish Times report).
Leaks also indicate that they intend to seal off a large area of the
north west central city area, in the words of one Labour councilor
making people prisoners in their own homes. Dozens of stories claiming
that thousands of foreign rioters are known to be coming have been
planted in a mostly complicit media. No evidence has been produced for
this bizarre claim.

At its core this is an enormous anarchist scare which seeks to create a
de facto situation where anarchism becomes an illegal idea. Anarchists
will not accept this, we will protest on Mayday and we welcome the
small numbers of anarchists who are making the effort to travel from
other European countries for the protests. We will defend our freedom
to protest and so should everyone else who values freedom as something
more than a slogan used to launch imperialist wars.

The Dublin Grassroots Network which is a broad libertarian alliance of
groups and individuals has several more leafleting sessions planned
before Mayday. The Gardai may try and harass these as well, don't leave
them to stand along get along to the session nearest you. And come out
over the
May weekend for the protests, defending not just our freedom but also
yours.

Joe Black

More details about the protests at http://struggle.ws/eufortress
[A Personal report from a Workers Solidarity Movement member, these
reports are posted to the Ainriail list when first written]

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Dublin Grassroots Network leafleting details follow

Thursday 22 April 4.30pm
Dart
Meet outside Tara street Dart station from 4.30

Thursday 22 April 7p,
Drumcondra
Meet 7pm SHARP outside Quinns pub

Friday 23rd April
Dart
Meet from 4.30 pm outside Connolly train/Dart station.

Saturday 24th April Midday
All over town
Meet from 12:00 at GPO

Monday 26th April, 7pm
Glasnevin
Meet 7pm SHARP outside Botanic Gardens

Tuesday 27 April
Phibsboro/Cabra
Meet 7pm SHARP outside Bohemians pub, Phibsboro crossroads

Wednesday 28 April
Summerhill
Meet 7pm SHARP outside 'The Oak' pub on Dorset st/N.Circular road
crossroads

Wednesday 28 April
Liberties
Meet 7pm SHARP outside Chartbusters (opposite Patricks Cathedral).


From: "Andrew" <andrew@flag.blackened.net>


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