10,000 march in Dublin against home tax and austerity

Saturday April 13 saw up to 10,000 people take to the streets of Dublin in a march and rally against the new home tax and the wider austerity programme.

The event, organised by the Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes, marched from the Garden of Remembrance through Dublin city centre to Dublin Castle, where EU Finance ministers were holding a meeting.

One of the largest blocs on the march was made up scores of éirígí activists and supporters behind a banner which read ‘1913-2013 A Century of Resistance!’. The socialist republican bloc was awash with colour as participants carried tri-colour, starry plough and éirígí flags. éirígí activists also carried placards which read ‘Austerity isn’t Working – People of Ireland Rise Up!’ and ‘Fight Home and Water Taxes!’ whilst chanting ‘Fine Gael/ Labour hear us clear – We don’t want your home tax here!’ ‘No way – we won’t pay!’ and ‘Fine Gael/ Labour- Out, Out, Out!’

Speaking from the demonstration, éirígí Dublin City Councillor Louise Minihan said, “Today’s march has had a fantastic turnout. People here are defiantly opposed to austerity and determined to fight the introduction of home and water taxes! Today’s march and rally sends a clear message to the EU/IMF/ ECB troika and their puppets in Leinster House that the people of this state have had enough and are ready to fight back.

“The level of opposition to austerity felt in communities across this state is continuing to rise. More and more families and communities are getting organised. While today’s event has successfully mobilised over 10,000 anti austerity protestors that will clearly not be enough to defeat austerity or home and water taxes. What’s needed is a sustained campaign of civil disobedience and direct action in every community across this state.”

Minihan continued, “In the coming weeks the Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes will be stepping up its opposition to austerity. A conference will take place on April 27 in Dublin and a state wide day of protest and civil disobedience will take place on May 1st. I would urge all those opposed to home and water taxes to get involved in the campaign and to start building a campaign of civil disobedience and direct action in your local community. By taking a stand together families and communities can deliver a decisive blow against the failed policies of austerity.”

The above article first appeared on the éirígí blog, here: http://www.eirigi.org/latest/latest180413_2.html


Posted on April 21, 2013, in 21st century republicanism and socialism, Anti-household and anti-water tax, éirígí, Democratic rights - general, Economy and workers' resistance, EU, Irish politics today, Public events - Ireland, Social conditions, Trade unions, twenty-six counties. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on 10,000 march in Dublin against home tax and austerity.

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