(en)A victory in Ireland

by way of Josh Hehner (ANFLOOD@iveagh.ucd.ie)
Wed, 22 Jan 1997 10:20:15 -0500


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It's always good to be able to report good news, even if this announcement is somewhat delayed. As any of you who will have been reading Workers Solidarity will be aware the last three years in Dublin have seen a major community based struggle against a flat rate local tax known as the Water Charge. The main tactic of the campaign was to encourage mass non-payment of the and charge to help non-payers organise local groups to resist cut offs. It also raised money to pay legal fees of those summonsed to court.

Faced with the failure to cut off any of the non-payers, a non payment rate of over 50%, courts clogged with cases and over 17,000 households organised in the campaign the state was forced earlier in the month to bow to the inevitable and abolish the charges. This struggle is not over yet as we know need to win an amnesty for non- payers. You can find more information about this victory at http://www.geocities.com/Athens/2724/an13.html, older information about the campaign can be found at http://www.geocities.com/Athens/2724/anindx.html

Anarchists were heavily involved in the campaign with two anarchists including the campaign secretary on the co-ordinating committee. We argued throughout for the campaign to bass itself on the self-organised direct action of as many non-payers as possible and we would hope that many of the thousands of individuals involved at some level in this fight will have gained confidence and experience they will put into use in many other struggles. In many ways this long term effect will prove more important then the short term inspiration provided by defeating the state on this issue. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Anarchism and Irish Politics http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/2419

The Bolsheviks and Workers Control is on the web at http://www.geocities.com/WestHollywood/2163/bolintro.html

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