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(en) Ireland, Workers Solidarity* #90 - Anarchist youth group formed Interview with organisers

Date Thu, 30 Mar 2006 10:36:45 +0200

Late last year some younger anarchists in Dublin and Wicklow got together
and formed their own organisation. Workers Solidarity asked them why?
How did this group come about?
The group came about after a number of teenagers decided that a
sort of anarchist youth group was needed in Ireland. We talked
amongst our friends and posted on a number of anarchist listing and
youth centred music forums. Many young people want to learn
about anarchism and get involved but feel shy to walk into a WSM or
Grassroots Dissent meeting. Hopefully this group can welcome the
inexperienced or curious anarchist teenager. Over fifteen people
attended our first meeting, talks were given by 3 experienced
anarchists on a number of issues and we watched a number of
radical films.

What sort of activities do you see the collective becoming involved

The collective hopes to provide information on anarchism to Irish
youth by organising in our schools and communities. This will
hopefully bridge the perceived gap between older anarchists and new
comers who can sometimes be intimidated. The collective will work
towards providing more creative, inclusive and militant forms of
resistance as well as supporting others in their struggles. We hope to
organise benefit gigs and get a freesheet out in the future. We will
also be working with other groups in planning protests, walkouts and
direct action.

What do you feel anarchism has to offer young people today?

A way out, a community, a political idea which is not boring and
outdated, a political idea which is about getting up and doing
something about the racist and capitalist society in which we're
stuck in. Anarchism has and will always be associated with angry,
frustrated youth, tired of getting beaten around by the cops, sick of
the world of consumerism and war and just fed up! It's time the
youth of Ireland stand up, get organised and fight back!

How can people contact you?

You can e-mail us at anarchistyouth@riseup.net or you can join the
yahoo group at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/anarchistyouthireland. We are
planning to set up a website and get a PO Box. We also will post up
the details of our (hopefully monthly) meeting on

Thanks to W and Sam.

From Workers Solidarity 90, Jan/Feb 2005
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