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(en) Ireland, Dublin, The Clash of the Two Europes - May 2004 in perspective

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sun, 5 Sep 2004 10:27:18 +0200 (CEST)

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According to the press, on Mayday there was going to happen a
huge clash between the "forces of order" -riot police- and the
"forces of evil" -sinister anarchists coming down from London to
gas to death innocent Dubliners, plus their local allies, as mad, as
evil and as sinister. The journalists of the Tabloid papers might
have been pretty disappointed when the clash they were
expectating so much, didn't happen (probably as disappointed as
the neighbours of Navan road were relieved to see that protestors
were not coming to burn their houses). Or that the clash
happened in a way different to what they expected.

For the clash that happened on Mayday was a very hard one: I
don't mean the watercannons soaking peaceful protestors or the
few cans flying over the riot police heads, that were answered
randomly with severe baton beatings. The clash I mean
happened, above all, at a very symbolic level.

Mayday was the day in which two Europes clashed: on the one
hand, the old Europe of the bosses, talking about privatization,
eating at our expense in their Farmleigh fortress, behind a 5
million euros fence, behind lines of riot police, and behind the
infamous watercannons of RUC. Protected against the people
(not from the terrorists, but from ordinary people like you or me).
Literally, the presidents and rulers of the EU were reproducing at
little scale, the Fortress Europe they want to build. With their
fences and their militarization. With prejudice and fear. Fortress
Farmleigh, Fortress Dublin, Fortress Europe.

On the other hand, there was another Europe, out there,
marching on the streets, chanting, enthusiastic and willing to
change the unjust society in which we live. With bear hands.
With no other weapons that our happiness and our arguments.
Our Europe was made of all the colours, of all the ages, of all the
tastes, of all the rhythms and of all the nationalities: Irish,
English, German, French, African, Asian, Latinamerican hands
were all together to reclaim our right to live.

And what was the answer of the old Europe to this new Europe?
Repression, pure and simple. They might think that the desire of
freedom, justice and equality can be soaked with watercannons!

Why they reacted that way? Because they are afraid. They are
afraid because we are not afraid anymore. Because we are going
to be out there to demand our rights, to stop privatizations, to
oppose their wars, to organise, to build a new world in which
there is space for every body.... And to threaten the privileges of
the few in the "Farmleigh gang".

While Bertie Ahern brought the RUC that represses the Northern
Irish people down to Dublin to repress the people in the
"Republic", we just took out to the streets the Dublin people and
we invited the people from other countries in Europe to protest
here with us. For the things that were being discussed by the EU
leaders affect us all.

And we did what we said we would do. We said that we would
march, and we did nothing else. And nothing stopped us: neither
the tabloid papers hysteria, nor Berite's threats, nor the fact that
the march was originally cancelled, nor the uncertainty of the
real magnitude of police repression, nor the watercannons, nor
the arbitrary imprisonement of some activists, nor the batons and
the harassment of the Gardaí. They know nothing will stop us
from demanding the just and free society that will have to bring
to an end the capitalist insanity.

We have nothing to hide. So whenever the "journalists" of the
tabloid papers want to know what's next "anarchist" plot, instead
of inventing fantastic tales about gas bombs, come and talk to the
anarchists organised in Ireland, come and talk with the Workers
Solidarity Movement. In the meantime, let the two Europes keep
on clashing, and you can be sure that the anarchists won't stop to
fight back and organise as long as injustice and privilege persist.
We want nothing less than the world to be of everybody equally.

Paddy Rua

[A Personal report from a Workers Solidarity Movement
member, these reports are posted to the Ainriail list when first

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