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Anti IMF Protest – Pearse Street


éirígí has again taken its campaign against the IMF takeover to the streets of Dublin.

Last Saturday [February 5], around 20 éirígí activists were joined by members of the local community at a protest on Pearse Street, in Dublin’s south-east inner city. The protest, organised by the local ciorcál, took place outside the constituency office of Fianna Fáil TD and IMF supporter Chris Andrews.

The location for the protest was chosen to give people from the area the opportunity to show their anger at Fianna Fáil’s acceptance of a deal that will see working people forced to pay for the greed of bankers and developers and which will facilitate right-wing attacks on public services.

Pearse Street protest

Unsurprisingly, as protestors gathered at the office, the shutters were locked down while a carload of Gardaí, who kept the peaceful protest under close surveillance for its duration.

Despite appalling weather, the protest lasted over an hour and a banner which read Jail the Bankers – Free the people! and placards reading Fight the Cuts – Make the Rich Pay! and Fianna Fáil/IMF – Get Them Out Now helped to get the message of the protest across to the general public. Quite a number of passers by stopped to express their support and good will and passing motorists expressed their support with a steady stream of honking horns.

After the protest, éirígí chairperson Brian Leeson said: “éirígí is committed to continuing our campaign of opposition to the IMF and the broader cutback agenda.

Fianna Fáil/IMF, Get Them Out Now

“The working class communities in the south-east inner city did not create the current crisis and should not be expected to pay the price. The establishment has long overlooked this area and its people.

The south-east inner city is suffering an unemployment and housing crisis, which the right wing establishment has done nothing to alleviate. Now, added on top of this, the people here, like working class communities across this state, will bare the brunt of the right-wing policies of the IMF.”

Leeson added: “Over the coming weeks and months, our activists across Dublin and beyond will be working to build opposition and resistance to the IMF in working class communities such as this one. Today’s protest was a part of ongoing campaign against the IMF and its agenda by éirígí in the south-east inner city.

Jail the Bankers, Free the People

“We in éirígí are only to aware that the result of the general election will change nothing for the working people of this state, and that resistance to the right-wing agenda needs to be built on the streets.

“The time for polite words and token protests has past. Now is the time for action. We in éirígí are ready to play our part in building the working class fightback.”

If you are interested in joining or helping éirígí in the South East Inner City, or anywhere else in Dublin, please:

Phone: 086 236 7298


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