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(en) Ireland, Report of Anti-war March in Dublin to mark 3rd anniversary of Iraq war

Date Tue, 21 Mar 2006 13:48:44 +0200


As part of the international day of protest which saw dozens of anti-war
marches around the world anarchists in Ireland took part in the Dublin march.
A crowd of less than 800 people gathered at Parnell square for the
annual IAWM (Irish Anti War Movement - controlled by leninist
Anarchist youth had issued a call for a red and black bloc to meet at
Parnell square and roughly 80 anarchists turned up. This contingent
was easily the most vibrant and colourful part of the march with over
twenty red and black flags flying and several large banners carried by
the bloc including the WSM, Anarchist Youth and “Anarchists
against the War” banners. The bloc slotted itself in at the front of
the march for a change with about 50 people ahead of us. The
trolley-based sound system blasted out Queen’s “Don’t
Stop Me Now” as Gardai took up flank either side of us. The
Garda presence seemed to be entirely concentrated around the red
and black bloc with a CCTV camera mounted on a Garda van
leading the march.

The march passed through the building site on O Connell street, the
site of recent rioting, without incident and stopped for two minutes
silence on O Connell bridge. As the marchers reached the bottom of
Grafton st. they turned up Suffolk st. to double back to the GPO, it
was at this point that the anarchist bloc pulled away up Nassau street
leaving the Gardai and IAWM stewards confused and almost taking
the rest of the march with it. The crowd passed the PD’s
(Progressive Democrats - right wing neoliberal party) office stopping
to give three cheers to the “heroes” who sacked them during
the riots. “Michael McDowell (Minister of Justice) We hate you
and your poxy party too!” was chanted all the way to the bottom
of Kildare street.

On Kildare street the bloc stopped at the Department of Transport
where a speaker addressed the crowd about the ongoing use of
Shannon and Baldonnel and young anarchists used chalk to write
anti-war slogans around the building. The next stop was the
Department of justice where another spoke about how the state has
been criminalising anti-war activists. A final speaker then rounded
up events by calling on anarchists to consider their role in the fight
against the US military in Shannon and calling on everyone to attend
the open anti-war discussion to be held in St. Stephens Green across
the road.

There was some hassle trying to get into St. Stephen’s Green
with the sound-system and gardai backed up the park-keepers who
refused to let any of the protesters in, the crowd then simply went to
the side entrance and rushed in. The open meeting was held in the
strange stone ampitheatre part of the Green with gardai and wardens
gathered either side. People discussed the need to visit Baldonnel
and Shannon (Irish airfields where US planes en route to Iraq land)
and the possibilities of Resisting the state’s 1916
commemoration. As the crowd dispersed four gardai took it upon
themselves to follow Anarchist Youth around the city centre for the
afternoon.

(photos by sovietpop, additional explanations in brackets by Joe
Black)
Article first published on indymedia.ie, for another article and
discussion on the march and the state of the anti war movement in
Ireland see http://www.indymedia.ie/article/74913

There is also a video of the anarchist bloc [58,9 MB, 5:54m,
MPEG2]
photos: http://www.anarkismo.net/newswire.php?story_id=2670
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