éirígí Slams Spin, Lies & Censorship

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éirígí spokesperson Daithí Mac An Mhaistír has slammed the misrepresentation of yesterday’s [Wednesday] student-led demonstration in Dublin.

Around 25,000 people took to the streets of the capital yesterday to protest against the possibility of the reintroduction of fees for third level education in December’s Twenty-Six County budget.

Mac An Mhaistír said: “The coverage of yesterday’s demonstration and the comments of many prominent individuals have completely ignored the violent actions of the Garda, of which there is plentiful evidence.

“Blood flowed on the streets of Dublin yesterday as a result of Garda baton charges, yet the corporate media and establishment politicians have chosen to focus solely on the actions and alleged actions of students.

“What we witnessed in Dublin was the complete inability of the Garda, particularly its Public Order Unit, to deal with any form of protest that is not completely submissive. This has been seen before, in Rossport and elsewhere, where acts of peaceful civil disobedience have been met with violence on the part of the Gardaí.”

Mac An Mhaistír also dismissed claims that éirígí was somehow involved in ‘hijacking’ yesterday’s demonstration

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Would éirígí ever just feck off? Organise their own protest or something? All they do is hurt legitimate protests like yesterdays.
 

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Free Education for Everyone: A statement regarding events today at the Dept. of Finance
Written on November 3, 2010 by EduPunk in Free Education for Everyone, News


Students from Free Education for Everyone (NUI Maynooth, NUI Galway) and the Students in Solidarity Network (University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin) issued a call for a clearly visible left-wing presence on today’s demonstration against the re-introduction of third level fees, in the form of a registration fee increase or otherwise. This call was answered by student activists from a range of political organisations, including the Socialist Workers Party, Socialist Party, Workers Solidarity Movement, éirigí, the 32 CSM and others. For the most part however, the call was answered by independent students.

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WSM condemns police violence against students
Date: Wed, 2010-11-03 23:01
The WSM has released a press statement condemning the Garda attacks on student protesters in Dublin today during which many students were injured by Garda batons. We say that we need to stand together in this period of attack on our quality of life and futures. What is clear today that like elsewhere around Europe and the rest of the world, police repression will be used by the state to try an make our movements for social justice and equality fearful and less open and effective.

For an account of the protests as they happened with videos see Riot police attack students after they storm Department of Finance in Dublin
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Riot police attack students after they occupy Department of Finance in Dublin
Date: Wed, 2010-11-03 14:07
Riot police attacked students in Dublin today with dogs, armoured vehicles and horses after the students protesting against government cuts occupied the Department of Finance and threw eggs at the Dail.

Upwards of thirty students occupied the Department of Finance in the center of Dublin with a couple of hundred supporting them in the streets outside.

Another larger group of students was reported outside the Dail throwing cans & bottles at it. Several students were injured in the suppression of the protest.

Tens of thousands of students were demonstrating as part of the USI protests against plans to introduce fees. The students carrying out the occupation appear to have broken away from the main demonstration which took place around the corner in Merrion Square. Student members of the WSM, eirigi and the SWP were at the scene. The WSM members published the reports below to this site.
 

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It's all just a coincidence that most public activities Eirigi engage in involve illegality. It's all just a conspiracy by the main parties, the media and the police to make Eirigi look like unelectable nutbars. When they run in the next GE and get obliterated it'll all be someone elses fault. Won't shut them up though about representing some made up support base.
 

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I am proud of Eirigi and glad they exist.

They are the only ones even attempting to describe the anger we all feel at all kinds of events, nearly everytime there is a major scandal these guys are the only ones who give anything remotely like the kind of response you would get in Europe X 10 for a much smaller degree of scandal. Without them we would resemble a kind of sheep...

If people don't make noise, politicians and elites will always try to get away with MORE, this is the function they (Eirigi) serve.
 

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Eirigi engaged with the USI leadership prior to the protest and advised the USI that they would be using the protest as part of their own party political ends in addition to simply marching behind the USI banner did they? I'd be interested in seeing this correspondence.

I assume its also highly coincidental that the incidence of Eirigi flags was much greater up by the Garda line than further back down the crowd.
 

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"Since 1923 Ireland has been full of internment camps of one form or another - both in the North and in the South. Despite their differences, there has been a convergence of interests between Belfast, Dublin and London in ensuring that any opposition to the existing states be fought and defeated. The ruling class in Ireland have their own form of self-determination, and they intend to keep it that way. One final word on the state in Eire. There you have Special Courts, internment camps, Offences Against the State Act, censorship, etc. - some «free nation» Arthur Griffith envisaged!"

Amadeo Bordiga.
 

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It's all just a coincidence that most public activities Eirigi engage in involve illegality. It's all just a conspiracy by the main parties, the media and the police to make Eirigi look like unelectable nutbars. When they run in the next GE and get obliterated it'll all be someone elses fault. Won't shut them up though about representing some made up support base.
Can you hilghight one act of ilegality éirígí have been involved in?

Can you post a link to the source that éirígí will run in the next 26 county election?

Does one need an electoral mandate to voice an opinion and if so can you show me where this is outlined?
 

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Up to 1,000 students joined our breakaway at Kildare Street, staging a short sit down protest outside the home of the corrupt and unaccountable political establishment of this state. Recognising the futility of marching from A to B and listening to the same speeches from aspiring politicians, many of these students joined us in marching to the Department of Finance where a sit in demonstration was held. It is the Department of Finance which is attacking ordinary working people with such vigour in recent times, and this occupation was symbolic of the anger of students and the Irish public.
Sounds like a fairly good description of how the march was hijacked to me.
 

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It reminds me of that South Park episode, where they get the KKK to support changing the flag of the county (which was of black people being hanged).

Éirígí would be much more useful if they supported the Government and the Gardaí.
 

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Have to say I cant stand students but fair play to Eirigi....Beir Bua!
 

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Eirigi engaged with the USI leadership prior to the protest and advised the USI that they would be using the protest as part of their own party political ends in addition to simply marching behind the USI banner did they? I'd be interested in seeing this correspondence.

I assume its also highly coincidental that the incidence of Eirigi flags was much greater up by the Garda line than further back down the crowd.
The USI has stated the protest was open to all who opposed fees.

The éirígí statement explains members of éirígí who are teachers and students where at the protest to show solidarity.

The only violence on the day came from uniformed thugs.
 

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Maybe someday you'll come to like them so much that you'll spell their name correctly! Huzzah!
I can only spell properly when Im completely sober....Its part of being a knick-knack.
 


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