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category dublin | summit mobilisations | press release author Wednesday April 21, 2004 15:20author by Dublin Grassroots Network Report this post to the editors

The Dublin Grassroots Network, who are organising a
weekend of events this May Day to highlight "Fortress
Europe", have sharply criticised recent statements
from Garda Representative Association (GRA) general
secretary, PJ Stone, as heightening tensions and
criminalising the right to protest.

Spokesperson Laurence Cox said, "In the light of Garda
violence at May Day 2002, the use of armed gardai at
this year's protests, already confirmed by
authorities, can only be regarded as the height of
irresponsibility. For PJ Stone to encourage his
members to treat protestors as a threat similarly
raises fears on all sides and raises the risk of a
similar loss of control, with potentially tragic

Gardai have already confirmed that they will attempt
to prevent large groups of protestors gathering,
despite European and constitutional obligations to
protect freedom of assembly and expression. Recent
weeks have seen increased calls to restrict freedom of
movement for demonstrators from other EU countries.

Irish activist Jo Moffatt, who was injured by Italian
police during protests at Genoa, has strongly rejected
allegations that protestors were "responsible for
riots" in Genoa at the G8 summit in 2001. He said
yesterday, "In Genoa, police used baton-charges,
armoured cars and tear-gas to attack a quarter of a
million peaceful protestors. One demonstrator was shot
and killed, while hundreds were subsequently injured
in police custody."

The Italian legal system opened 9 separate inquiries
into the events, 8 of which focussed on police

For more information, including Mayday event plans,

Related Link: http://struggle.ws/eufortress
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author by lishpublication date Wed Apr 21, 2004 17:09author address author phone Report this post to the editors

stone is quoted in tues's irish times as saying that most of the people who were in genoa are coming to dublin.
that would be a quarter of a million.

he says the people coming have "violent intent" but gives no evidence to back either assertion.

the article mentions that protests in genoa led to one death but doesn't mention that carlo giuliani, 20, was shot in the head by the police or that police brutality at the genoa g8 summit and politician's urging of it, is still being investigated.

he says that he doesn't want to see another mayday 2002 where the gardai were "scapegoated".
didn't he see primetime?

he also justifies the hype & arming to the teeth of the security forces, despite the likelihood of them raising tension by saying that they're necessary to protect guards from injury.

who is protecting the crowd?
what measures are being taken to ensure low-key , level-headed policing .
mayday events will be peaceful.
why are gardai gearing up for a battle?
in whose interests?

author by R Isiblepublication date Wed Apr 21, 2004 18:58author address author phone Report this post to the editors

and this one too:

for more information.

Related Link: http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=64438
author by Tomas Gorman - IRSPpublication date Wed Apr 21, 2004 19:14author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Already the cogs of the state P.R. machine are turning. Recent scaremongering by the bourgeoise press about the approaching 'hoards of violent, black clad anarchists' as well as the state response in sending heavily armed foot soldiers are all the initial steps by the state to legitimise any possible brutal actions taken by the police during the may day weekend. Dublin city centre has already witnessed the tactics employed by the gardai against peaceful demonstraters. The question must be asked. What is the role of the gardai in irish society. Are they there to protect the civilian population? Will they be there to ensure the smooth running of the may day celebrations and peaceful protests planned by Irish civilians as well as thousands of visiting tourists? The answer is obvious. In the context of the irish capitalist state, the police forces primary function is to protect private property and those people of private property, the ruling class. When any form of collective dissent against the status quo, such as the may day actions take place, the state send a strong message to the populous in the form of armoured and armed police men.
If the order is sent from above, then the men, wimmin and children involved in street theatre, demonstrations and festivities will bear the brunt of state brutality.
This leads to the conclusive question. If the state police are not there to protect its public then is it time for the people to organize their own defense on the day?

author by Laurence Cox - Dublin Grassroots Networkpublication date Wed Apr 21, 2004 19:58author email lcox at iol dot ieauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Media hysteria and garda allegations are raising tensions around the May Day weekend. If possible we need tensions to be lowered.

All the groups organising May Day protests have consistently called for peaceful protest.

Related Link: http://www.geocities.com/eufortress
author by pcpublication date Wed Apr 21, 2004 21:10author address author phone Report this post to the editors

MAY DAY MAY DAY ant gardai about?

healine in northside ppl west

residents fear navan road may be undefended?

mentions a meeting with navan road residents? [anybody at this]

Cllr Brendan Carr (LAB) [thanks a bunch man ) said "both he and residents were reliably informed by a Garda representative that if there is real trouble at the Phoenix Park then the Gardai will move to protect EU dignitaires, even if this means leaving local residents fending for themselves?

nots how the house/roads will be blocked off all day..., then repeats roysten expert opinion

of course on inside pages it picks up a press relesase negating the hype... but of course it doesn't reflect that in its banner headline ....

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