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Hundreds gather in Erris for the Party Against the Pipe

The June bank holiday weekend saw hundreds traveling to Erris for the Party Against the Pioe festival organised by the Rossport Solidarity Camp. The festival was held beside the Shell construction compound at Aghoose, where the tunnel for the last stage of their controversial experimental raw gas pipeline is to be started. This compound has been the site of many protests, including one earlier in the week when security punched a female Shell to Sea campaigner in the face.

 

Anti-water tax campaigners protest metering conference at Croke Park

Around 60 anti-water tax campaigners placed a picket on the water metering conference at Croke Park this morning (Tue 31 May). Such a large turnout at 8.30 am must have caused concern for the attending companies who view the government plan to charge for and meter water as an easy way for them to make a fast buck.  It has been announced that 600 million euro is to be spent imposing the plan. It's fast becoming clear that the introduction of water charges will face serious resistance and those attending must be aware that the previous attempt to impose a water tax was defeated by such mass resistance in the 1990's. 

 

British Queen's Dublin Castle banquet protested by a few hundred as Garda harass activists

About 250 people took part in the éirígí organised march on the banquet for the British Queen staged in Dublin castle Wedensday night. WSM members joined the demonstration but Garda had intercepted the person transporting our flags and banner to the protest leaving us somewhat invisible. This was part of a pattern of suppression of visible protest that occurred throughout the visit of the British Queen despite Garda claims that they would "facilitate protest" in advance of the visit. [Italian translation of this article]

 

Images from the Dublin anarchist bookfair 2011

Saturday saw the 6th Anarchist Bookfair in Dublin, once more in Liberty Hall, the HQ of the largest Irish union.  It's always a hectic time as a huge amount of work has to be done in terms of promotion and organisation, not helped this year by the removal of 70% of the posters we put up, we presume by the Garda.  This has some impact on numbers, I noticed that I at least vaguely recognised a much bigger proportion of the people who attended then at last years's bookfair and we think the numbers were down by a couple of hundred.  I've no time to say a lot about the bookfair but here are some photos I took during the day along with the advance publicity material we produced.

No time for writing - the Garda rape tape story

Given that I wrote four articles, edited two bits of audio, shot one video and published 60 or so pictures online it seems odd to see the Garda rape tape controversy as an example of not having the time to write something up.  Yet that is the reality.  Outside of what was written I could probably write four times that amount on aspects of the story, the way it was covered and the way we and others dealt with it.  I'll probably never get around to it but here at least I'm linking to some of the pictures and video I shot at the protest on Friday.

Shell's bog road torn up at Rossport Solidarity Camp weekend and an encounter with some security goons

The May bank holiday saw the annual Rossport Solidarity Camp gathering, this year across the road from the new Shell compound at Arghoos in Erris. As has become traditional the gathering combined a direct action with workshops and socializing. On the Sunday most of those present went to the launch of fisherman's Pat O'Donnell's new boat. There was a constant Garda presence around the camp throughout the weekend but despite the destruction of some 60m of Shell's bog road no arrests were made.

 

The wealthy 1% still pull the strings

I've got a bit slow with blogging of late mostly because I've been doing a lot more news writing for the WSM site which tends to fill the slot a lot of my blogs were in.  As well as writing I do a fair amount of activist photography, some of which I use with articles but I've realised it would make sense to at least blog the photos of events even if I don't have time to post up a report.  So here are some images from a 1% Network press stunt / protest back in March.

Audio from the 2011 Feminist Walking Tour in Dublin

Around 80 people took part in Sunday's annual Feminist Walking Tour to mark International Women's Day. The tour was organised by Choice Ireland, Lashback and RAG and for the first time was confined to the south side of the city, starting at Stephen's Green and ending up in Temple Bar. The audio from the individual stops on the tour is included with this article.

 

Dublin New Years eve Solidarity rally with Gaza

New Years Eve in Dublin saw a gathering on the Hapenny bridge in Dublin to mark the anniversary of 'Operation Lead' when the Israeli attack on Gaza killed more that 1400 people.  Meanwhile in Israel there were arrests of Israeli activists protesting the killing of a Palestinian women, Jawaher Abu Rahmah by teargas.

 

Ireland 2010 - Pictures from a year of struggle

"You should blog more " Andrew says.

"I don't have the energy to write" I say.

"Blog your pictures" he says.

"Ok, ok, I will" I say.

  


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