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Slideshow of Water charge resistance in Ireland

These are photographs from some of the protests against Water Charges I attended in late 2014, see the Water Charge tag for articles written on that topic.

 

Images: Andrew Flood (Follow Andrew on Twitter )

Irish Water van not petrol bombed as pictured after all

We have an easy winner for the WTF example of media bias this week (17 Dec 2014) in relation to the water charge resistance. The Sunday World journalists have pulled out all the stops in the service of Denis O'Brien as illustrated below. In case you miss the small print under the photo we have underlined it in yellow 'How it Could have Looked'.

Irish Water meter installers continue to be frustrated in Dublin 7

Irish Water meter installers continue to be frustrated in Dublin 7 this morning (15 Dec 2014) in Avondale Ave, Montpelier hill and other locations. To add to the fun apparently the clampers have clamped some of the parked up Irish Water vans!

Because of the effectiveness of residents patrolling all the entrances to Stoneybatter they have taken to parking up their trucks at Topaz & Blackhorse Avenue in Cabra waiting for an opportunity to sneak in when people have to go to work or take breaks. Bottom right picture shows some of their crew hiding out near McKee Barracks as spotted by the Blackhorse Avenue page.

The Water Charges: After we win what comes next

The revolt against the water charges is of a size and militancy that if we stay on the streets we will certainly win. But the revolt has also exposed in plain view the level of co-operation between media, politicians, big businessmen like Denis O’Brien and the gardaí. All have acted together to cajole, bully and suppress protest and then to lie and distort events.

Irish Water chased out of Dublin 7

Water charge campaigners are celebrating after chasing Irish Water out of Great Wester Square in Phibsboro this morning (12 Dec 2014). This despite Garda resuming threatening people with the 20m exclusion zone injunction.

A large gang of visibly frustrated Irish Water personnel and Garda tried to prevent campaigners from disrupting installation but failed as campaigners repeatedly jumped barriers. Two campaigners reported being assaulted by Irish Water personnel, we are currently trying to obtain more details about this incident but it would be in line with what happened yesterday in Stoneybatter, another part of Dublin 7. Irish Water were also prevented entering Stoneybatter this morning, see earlier report on this page.

Video from Anti protest barrier on Kildare street as man climbs over

The scene at the bottom of Kildare street where the anti democratic protest barrier was erected to stop people getting within earshot of the politicians in the Dail. All days thousands of people stopped here to demand access to Kildare street.

In this scene one man turns to the crowd and asks if he will really be arrested if he tries to walk up the street. He then climbs over the barrier and starts to walk only to be rushed by several Gardaí. As the crowd chants 'shame' more Gardaí come down the street and stand on the inside of the barrier, and after some time the man is allowed to climb back over the barrier.

Video of huge anti water charge protest in Dublin

Regime sources are claiming there were only 12 people with a lot or mirrors at the Dec 10th huge water charges protest. And that they were in any case anarchist dissidents with bad haircuts who in no way represent middle Ireland which was safely tucked up in bed.

One of our dissident anarchist types was leafletting the march as it arrived at Merrion Square and doubled up by videoing sections of it . He then took a stroll down a jam packed Nassau street to have a look at the anti democracy barrier before, lured by the singing of Damien Dempsey returning to Merrion square itself . He kept the camera running and has edited together this video which gives a very good idea of both the size and composition of the crowd.

Note there are lots of places where lots of people were that he didn't get to, this is actually just a small section of a very much larger crowd.

WORDS Andrew Flood (Follow Andrew on Twitter )

Protest at Irish Water HQ ends with singing of the Auld Triangle - 29 Nov 2014

Hundreds of people took part in an anti water charges rally at the Irish Water HQ in Talbot street Dublin Nov 29th.

 

It was clear that many protesters are deeply suspicious of the Irish Water company, and who can blame them. Quite apart from their arrogance and eagerness to get our PPS numbers a principal motivating factor behind the imposition of the water charge is to line the water service up for privatisation.

Local water charge protests roll out across November

"Sit down my arse" - the opening words of a Garda inspector at a Drogheda water charges protest. A mob of Gardai went on to single out one young man and strip him out of his clothes as they drag him along the ground before arresting him.

Dublin protest crowd sings 'The Auld Triangle' at Irish Water HQ - video

At the water charges rally at Irish Water HQ in Dublin Nov 29 the crowd lead by AAA Cllr Brian Leech sings a modified version of The Old Triangle.

  


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