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category national | bin tax / household tax / water tax | feature author Tuesday February 12, 2013 00:59author by twitter fan Report this post to the editors

Brutal force used on peaceful anti-property tax protesters

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Press statement - Campaign Against Household & Water Taxes (CAHWT) 11 Feb 2013
Eyewitness reports of Garda violence at South Dublin County Council

19 year old protester hospitalised: plainclothes Garda ‘smashed my head on wall’

Campaigners against the property tax – who staged one of a number of peaceful protests at Councils today – have questioned why Gardai at South Dublin County Council used brutal and unnecessary force against them, including some plain clothes Gardai. Cannisters of pepper spray were also waved at locals who were manhandled and handcuffed. One is currently being kept in Tallaght Hospital for observation of his injuries.

Aaron Nolan (aged 19, now in hospital):
“I was standing in front of Shane Donnelly when one of the uniformed police pulled me to the ground. I stood up and tried to get in front of Shane again. A stocky man, with a light blue hoody, who I thought was one of the protesters, grabbed me and pushed me against the wall. He then grabbed my head with his two hands and smashed my head against the wall. I fell on the ground and when I was on the ground, he choked me with his two hands. I was dazed and unable to stand as he handcuffed me.”

Eddie Ericsson, Tallaght :
“Why does it seem like the police were prepared for a confrontation? Are tactics like this what is to be expected to intimidate normal working class people into accepting austerity?”

Pat Waine, Greenhills:
“The heat of working class anger was felt by Labour party councillors when anti-property tax protesters took the fight to the South Dublin Council Chamber. Ordinary householders peacefully protested at the Council meeting causing it to be abandoned.The police wielding pepper spray used heavy handed tactics to remove protesters. Householders were thrown to the ground and handcuffed in the council chamber in an appalling attempt by the police to bully protesters into submission. Our resistance to these unjust taxes will continue and intensify.”

Phil Foster, Tallaght:
“We were holding a peaceful protest in the council chamber when two Gardai arrived, followed by plain clothes and uniformed Gardai. They grabbed Paul Murphy (MEP) and Pat Waine and threw them to the floor. One Garda put his knee into Paul’s back and neck. He grabbed his hand and made a fist shape of it and pushed it into the floor to put immense pressure on Paul’s fingers and knuckles. Paul shouted out in pain. The other Garda had Pat’s hands handcuffed behind his back and was kneeing him in the back and ribs. I’ve never seen anything like it before, neither had any of the other people there.”

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Caption: Arrests in South Dublin County Council of peaceful protesters


 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Video of CAPTA Occupation of Fingal Council Building     twitter fan    Tue Feb 12, 2013 00:40 
   Pictures from Kilkenny council protest     twitter fan    Tue Feb 12, 2013 00:54 
   Garda Violence as Protests Rock Irish Council Meetings     BrianClarke    Tue Feb 12, 2013 07:21 
   Fairies wear boots     Woodkearn    Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:57 
   fair play to the protesters they are the will of the ordinary people of ireland - not the crooks     anon    Tue Feb 12, 2013 13:09 
   gardai priorities     joe bloggs    Tue Feb 12, 2013 13:16 
   Garda priorities are defence of the 26 county state     political activist    Tue Feb 12, 2013 18:44 
   wary     pixie    Tue Feb 12, 2013 18:48 


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