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Eirigí Protest at Anglo Irish Bank - 13 Photos Essay

category dublin | anti-capitalism | news report author Sunday May 16, 2010 00:39author by Michael Gallagher - Photographerauthor email libertypics at yahoo dot ie Report this post to the editors

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You can see more from this demonstration in slideshow format and other photo essays and articles etc at:

http://myspace.com/libertypix

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Six of the seven arrested today after being released on bail.
Six of the seven arrested today after being released on bail.

author by JBpublication date Sun May 16, 2010 09:59author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Great action folks.. The only time class politics is worth anything is on the streets! Beir bua!

author by Realistpublication date Sun May 16, 2010 11:03author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Extremely valuable though peaceful and lawful street protests are in connection with the major social issues surrounding all the wrongdoing associated with the global banking system, and the larger and more colourful such protests are the better (I believe), at the same time it seems to me that we must not forget the need to have the suspected banking criminals involved brought before the courts of law: as soon as possible.

Though the global msm (main stream media) appears to be staying COMPLETELY silent about the events in question, for several days now there are reports from non-msm sources, on the Internet, which claim (in effect) that Iceland may be leading the world at the present time when it comes to having the suspected banking criminals taken before the courts.

For example, the two excerpts provided below are just part of a much longer report at the following location:
http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0513/bankers-jailed-sued-ic...isis/

"Former head of the bank's domestic operations, Ingolfur Helgason, and former chief risk officer Steingrimur Karason were arrested late Monday on arrival from Luxembourg, just days after former Kaupthing boss Hreidar Mar Sigurdsson, along with Magnus Gudmunsson, who headed the bank's unit in Luxembourg, were taken into custody."

"More than a year and a half after Iceland's major banks failed, all but sinking the country's economy, police have begun rounding up a number of top bankers while other former executives and owners face a two-billion-dollar lawsuit."

A number of non-msm alternative sources (for the same Icelandic story) can be found by "googling" parts of the text in either of the above excerpts (such as, for example, can be seen by clicking on: http://tinyurl.com/37g4rtq ).

Why are the msm failing, for the past several days, to report on these recent and very important Icelandic developments? What are they (and their virtually all-powerful owners and puppet masters) afraid of?

Could it be they fear a "domino effect"? -- that if large numbers of people in other nations (including the Republic of Ireland) found out about the present Icelandic initiatives, they would swiftly and powerfully demand similar actions from their governments around the world?

Is it, I wonder, a case of: "Tell me about what they desperately want to keep hidden, and I'll tell you what they are desperately frightened of"?

author by éirígí supporterpublication date Sun May 16, 2010 11:39author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Another aspect of the Icelandic approach that we need is a referendum on NAMA and the bank bailout. When the people of Iceland were asked if they supported the proposed bank bailout 90% said NO.

Both Fine Gael and Labour should come out now and make a commitment to give us a referendum on NAMA and the bank bail out. Otherwise we are just going to get more of the same ould shite.

Fair play to everyone who joined the protest yesterday and to Micheal for posting the photos.

author by D O D - Workers Partypublication date Sun May 16, 2010 12:25author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Good gesture lads and Lassies, fair play.

author by Observerpublication date Sun May 16, 2010 13:53author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"Both Fine Gael and Labour should come out now and make a commitment to give us a referendum on NAMA and the bank bail out."

I would FULLY agree with "éirígí supporter" at Sun May 16, 2010 11:39 regarding this point.

And, while they're at it, also ask the people -- in the same referendum -- if they're happy about the "great giveaway" of our oil and gas resources, which have been valued at 5.4 trillion Euros.

This is really the only way our Government can now lawfully meet Article 6.1 of Bunreacht na hEireann (the Basic Law of the Republic of Ireland), which very clearly states:

"All powers of government, legislative, executive and judicial, derive, under God, from the people, whose right it is to designate the rulers of the State and, in final appeal, to decide all questions of national policy, according to the requirements of the common good."

These two extremely important and very large "common good" issues are closely related, and consulting the people about them through the use of a referendum is much more important, almost infinitely more so I'd say, than having a general election.

author by Séamuspublication date Mon May 17, 2010 00:41author address author phone Report this post to the editors

On Saturday (May 15) the true nature of the Twenty-Six County state was once again exposed as the Garda violently attacked those who dare to oppose NAMA, the bank bailouts and the savage programme of cutbacks.

The Garda response to éirígí’s protest was not the result of an operational blunder or lack of experience. The decision to attack peaceful protesters was both premeditated and well planned. And more importantly is was highly political. The Dublin government have clearly decided that the emerging resistance to their right wing economic policies must be crushed before it grows stronger.

Related Link: http://www.eirigi.org/latest/latest160510.html
author by Thomas Dunne - Freelancepublication date Mon May 17, 2010 20:14author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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national | anti-capitalism | opinion/analysis Monday May 17, 2010 19:38 by Thomas Dunne - None
Greece
With all the talk about Greeces financial turmoil, nobody seems to asking the hard question about how that
countries economy ended up in the state its currently in.

With all the talk about Greeces financial turmoil, nobody seems to asking the hard question about how that
countries economy ended up in the state its currently in.
One of the main causes of its troubles is the financial derivitive products sold to country and its people by banks
likes Goldman Sachs, the same banks that helped create that Carbon Trading scheme which resulted in the Carbon Tax
which Ireland now finds itself burdened with.
What a lot of people probably don't know is that banks like Goldman Sachs are under investigation in many countries around
the globe for irregular and illegal financial trading and practises, and in fact if you study the history of the global financial meltdown
you will find evidence of the banks involvement everywhere.

But adding to the insult of Greeces woes is the fact that Goldman Sachs (along with the IMF) will control the bail out money
after helping destroy that countries economy.
The people of the world are slowly waking up to the fact that it is the banks that dictates the policies of countries and not the
politicians elected by the masses, this is something that has to be addressed before all the other EU countries end up
similar trouble to Greece.

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