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(en) Ireland: Dublin Grassroots* press release: Government putting the gun back into irish politics

From Dublin Grassroots Network <grassrootsdublin@yahoo.com>
Date Tue, 27 Apr 2004 18:43:03 +0200 (CEST)

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The Government is “putting the gun back into Irish politics” by deploying
armed gardai and soldiers to deal with May Day protests, according to
protest organisers. “It is ironic that a government that has spent so
much time talking about taking the gun out of Irish politics seems so
eager and willing to put armed soldiers and police out on the streets”,
said Mark Malone, a spokesperson for Dublin Grassroots Network (DGN),
which is organising a May Day weekend of events for an alternative Europe.
“This is a deliberate effort to both discourage the public from joining
a legitimate demonstration, and to distort the motivations of the
organisers by creating a climate of fear,” Malone said.

Responding to comments made on Monday by Dick Roche TD that the
protesters had no democratic mandate, Malone said that the use of armed
force to police the weekend's events was “an attempt to suppress the
fastest growing democratic movement across the globe, of which these
protests are an expression.”

“We condemn the deliberate use, or threatened use, of live ammunition
against unarmed civilian protestors, while simultaneously talking about
removing all guns from politics in the north of Ireland, as
hypocritical doublespeak.”

“At the very least this is a cynical attempt to intimidate people from
coming out and supporting these events, but it also carries an implicit
threat to those who organise and make vocal their dissent about the
dehumanising neo-liberal agenda that EU leaders seem intent on imposing
upon us,” Malone said.

“Real and meaningful social change only occurs when people organise and
demand it. The abolition of wage slavery, the struggle of landless
peasants across Latin America, farmers’ collectives in India fighting
to stop GM multinationals patenting their indigenous crops and those
protesting about Irish companies such as Top Oil making money out of an
illegal war in Iraq are all linked in their opposition to right wing
neo-liberal politics.

“If Dick Roche cares about democracy he should be working for the
abolition of powerful, unelected bodies such as the World Bank and IMF,
not putting armed gardai and soldiers on the streets of Dublin.”


For more information, including Mayday event plans, see:

Or phone one of our spokespeople:
Mark Malone (after 5pm)
087 7776595
Liz Curry
Laurence Cox
Aileen O’Carroll

Dublin Grassroots Network
[Ed. Note: Dublin Grassroots
Network is an anyiauthoritarian
social struggle initiative.]

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