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(en) Ireland, Dublin's Grassroots* Timetable of events for the Mayday No Borders weekend

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Tue, 23 Mar 2004 14:24:37 +0100 (CET)


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Friday April 30th - CRITICAL MASS began in San Francisco in 1992 and has since spread
around the world. Join us for this celebration of non-motorised transport, as we take
a leisurely tour of the city streets, on bikes, skateboards, pogo sticks, or just on foot.
Saturday May 1st (daytime) BORDER CONTROLS STREET THEATRE: Welcome to the
official day of the new Fortress Europe. Warning: You may be subject to stops by
one of the Dublin Grassroots Police Network who will be patrolling the city in
the morning. Experience the full reality of Fortress Europe with ID & background
checks, verbal harassment, intimidation, and possible imprisonment without trial
if you do not measure up to the strict criteria.

BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS: During the war on Iraq, many
private and state businesses supported the transport of murderous
arms and US troops through Shannon Airport in Ireland. This
action will make the public aware of who they are by painting the
streets and footpaths around their premises in blood red colour. No
war should ever be supported for profit.

WELCOME THE BOAT PEOPLE: Many asylum seekers and
refugees attempting to breach the Fortress Europe barrier do so in
boats and ships. Upon detection, they are often sent back to their
country of origin. This time however, the people arriving by boat
will be welcomed. No human being is illegal - everyone should be
free to travel and live where they want without fear of persecution.

HOMES NOT JAILS: Dublin expands, swallowing up the
countryside. Rents skyrocket and house prices are beyond the
reach of many with average incomes. The number of homeless
people sleeping on the streets rises every year without any action
by the State. Yet all around the city are derelict buildings,
crumbling into the ground. This action aims to highlight this
appaling situation by occupying one of these buildings and
transforming it into a living space.

PUBLIC BEATINGS STREET THEATRE: Europe is reverting to
old-style policing and jailing policies. Rather than look at what
causes crime and dealing with problems in society, the State
increasingly utilises prisons (often in terrible unsanitary condition)
as a way of sweeping the issues under the carpet. How long before
the stocks and gallows make a return? Today's the day. Come
along and watch true medieval punishment methods.

THE POLLUTER PAYS: The message during the recent anti bin
tax campaign was to tax the polluter. Is the public responsible for
waste when companies release their products in layers of
unneccesary packaging? How much waste is produced by heavy
industry that is not recycled? This actions will be encouraging
everyone to bring their recyclable packaging back to the the
businesses that produce it.

RECLAIM THE CITY: The idea of the "common" or public space
is rapidly disappearing from the city, as rich and powerful
individuals claim it for private personal use. This action will
temporarily reclaim a part of private land, and open it to the public
for a picnic and games in the May sunshine.

Saturday May 1st (evening)

BRING THE NOISE! The EU Ministers dine in the opulence of
Farmleigh House on Saturday evening at the expense of the Irish
taxpayer. We intend to march to their doorstep and disrupt their
dinner, to show them that we do not agree with their vision of
Fortress Europe! Bring pots and pans, bells and whistles, horns
and drums to generate the biggest noise possible. May 1st is
historically a day for the ordinary people's wishes to be heard.
They have chosen to ignore us but they cannot keep it up if we
scream and shout.

Sunday May 2nd

NO BORDERS, NO NATIONS - NO BORDER CAMP: Join us
as we set up a No Border camp on the 2nd day of the new Fortress
Europe. We are not against the new ascension states citizens
coming to Ireland - we think all refugees, asylum seekers and
immigrants should be allowed to travel here, regardless of origin,
ethnicity, or background. The No Border camp will be open to
everyone. Activities will include workshops, discussions,
teach-ins, planning for the future, as well as music and food.

Monday May 3rd

NO BORDERS RECLAIM THE STREETS: The only party worth
joining in town! Reclaim The Streets happens again on the May
bank holiday to wind down the weekend. Unlike the State's street
party, everyone from around the world is welcome to come to
Dublin for this, not just those that satisfy the demands of Fortress
Europe. Expect music and dancing, drinking and face painting, a
day for all to come and enjoy a vision of the Europe that we really
wanti resistance!” and “Bring the war home!”,
disturbing the pathetic pacifist and middle-class tone of the
protest. When the top bureaucrat of the BC Federation of Labour
began to speak, we anarchists heckled the parasite by chanting
“General Strike! General Strike!”, much to the
displeasure
of a few zombie peaceniks. Unable to stomach the New
Democratic Party (NDP) politicians coming up on the speakers
list, the anarchists disengaged from this nightmarish
social-democratic pep-rally and promptly returned to real life.
Anarcho-poser Noam Chomsky also spoke after we left.

Later that night, we anarchists joined the Vancouver and
Secwepemc Native Youth Movement (NYM) chapters at a NDP
party gala event which Noam Chomsky was also speaking at.
NYM, Gustafsen Lake defenders, and No One Is Illegal -
Vancouver organized a counter-event because of the NDP’s
role in the police paramilitary assault on indigenous Secwepemc
sovereigntists in 1995 (at that time the NDP was the ruling
provincial government) and their ongoing asshole behavior since
then. Chants of “Indian Land!” and “NDP-Enemy!” annoyed more
than a few “progressive” middle-class ticket-holders who would
rather ignore the war and occupation which has been going on in
BC since European settlers colonized this land. A significant
number of socially-maladjusted freaks known as “Police”
also showed up to “keep the peace” at this
oh-so-high-priority “public order incident”.

In the present context of increasing Canadian military occupations
in Afghanistan and Haiti, and the continual suppression of
indigenous people’s self-determination, now more than ever
we must fight the democratic illusion which props up this system,
attacking politicians and pigs of all kinds whenever they appear in
public. We can’t and don’t want to demand that our
oppressors “bring the troops home”, because this isn’t
their home, this is a settler state on stolen Indian land. And
against wishy-washy calls for “peace”, which can only
mean the continuation of this exploitive and miserable society, we
still say that another war is possible – unrelenting class war!!!
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