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category national | rights, freedoms and repression | other press author Saturday May 14, 2011 04:49author by 17/5 Report this post to the editors

Public banned from streets [except for hand-picked toadies]

The Irish Times reports this morning that the public will be completely banned from outside all of the sites to be visited by the queen of England.

"Onlookers will not be accommodated at any of the locations the Queen visits in Dublin, Kildare, Tipperary and Cork, according to Garda sources. The only people to meet her will be hand-picked."

The decision to invite her was ill-judged and shows how out of touch the authorities are. The choice of the 17th of May as her arrival date was also disgustingly insensitive, as it was the date of the largest massacre of the recent "Troubles" and that matter is still unresolved. The British have refused to co-operate with inquiries into that massacre.
The people who had a brainstorm and decided to invite her deserved to be sacked.

Article at link

Related Link: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/frontpage/2011/0514/1224296946132.html
author by neverforgetpublication date Sat May 14, 2011 05:06author address author phone Report this post to the editors

A wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Talbot Street Memorial, (near Connolly Train Station) at 11.30am on Tuesday 17th May.
The public are very much welcome to attend. Justice for the Forgotten [JFF] have asked that no flags, banners or emblems should be displayed.
Further details at link

Related Link: http://www.indymedia.ie/article/99768
author by tompublication date Sat May 14, 2011 12:09author address author phone Report this post to the editors

“ Last Friday a secret meeting of EU finance ministers was held to discuss the threat that Greece will be forced to default and withdraw from the euro. “http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/may2011/spai-m14.shtml

“The EU wants Ireland to accept emergency funding but it is thought the loans will come with strings that will effectively dilute its sovereignty. “http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1329745/Britain....html

I don’t know whether the people who asked the head of the British armed forces over were insensitive to the significance of the day, but the British state that organised the Dublin/Monaghan massacre would have been fully up to speed when they accepted the invitation . Actually , they invited themselves didn't they?

author by paddypublication date Sat May 14, 2011 12:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Just put a black arm band on for these sad sad few days and hold your heads high. We will never forget what has gone before.

author by opus diablos - the regressive hypocrite partypublication date Sat May 14, 2011 12:43author address author phone Report this post to the editors

If I was within range her hyenass and the visit I'd just take out the tin-foil and make meself a crown studded with a few pieces of broken glass.

Its the imbecile pretension of a primitive feudal anachronism in the digital age that baffles me. If ya cant laugh, you've lost it. The po-faced pro-visit liggers dont deserve to be allowed to depress and divert us further than the Kenny&Gilmore gobshites already have.

In fact i may just claim Tara and demand she comes curtsy.

author by Sceptic . - None Whatsoeverpublication date Sat May 14, 2011 13:02author address author phone Report this post to the editors

30 million Euros for ' afternoon Tea ' seems gross beyond belief , how many Irish People could
afford such a luxury ' for all the tea in China ' .

author by opus diablos - the regressive hypocrite partypublication date Sat May 14, 2011 13:35author address author phone Report this post to the editors

...and nobody bothers to point out how the security measures and crowd restrictions indicate just how undemocratic and unpopular the visit is in the wake of our being gutted by just the bread'n'circus boyos that are clapping like seals at the diversion of this primitive representative of global pillage and feudal privilege.

Speakin of tea, here's a different cuppa from an earlier blitzard of disinformation

SUGAR??

A major school of rhetoric
Was spooling up a plan
To extricate its finger
From a fairly wormy can

The playing fields of Eton
Where ash is turned to oak
Huddled its professors
And masters of the stroke

They rifled through their Milton
Their Shakespeare and our Burke
Pulled down their tomes of Chaucer
Their Boswell and their Kirk

They parsed and scanned in Numbers
Genesis and Faust
To find the phrases needed
To arm them for their joust

Then spread all through their networks
Pole to pole and back
Layered and reinforced
They stopped up every gap

So now you know the story
Of why we're so serene
Secure in our convictions
Gospelled by our screens

Britannia rules the airwaves
Plutonium fills the sea
Never mind the details
Have a cup of tea.

author by Annpublication date Sat May 14, 2011 13:49author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Good idea with the black armbands, paddy. Hopefully people will take up this idea.

author by Noel Lyttlepublication date Sat May 14, 2011 17:26author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Eamon Mallie believes that members of the UDA may have been invited to Dublin by Mary McAleese to see and possibly meet Elizabeth Windsor

Related Link: http://eamonnmallie.com/2011/05/uda-brigadiers/
author by Boxed Inpublication date Sat May 14, 2011 19:16author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I think this is the closest ive felt to being invaded. I think its only now I can truely appreciate what the people of the six counties had to endure for 30 years. UDAs, monarchs, gun-totting SAS and some of our own, restrictions left , right and centre, paranoia, felon setting, criminalisation of dissent or protest, taking down protest posters, where is it all going to end. I feel there is like a social psychologist somewhere with a check list to try and measure the level of freedom, repression tolerated on this island. Did anyone else see what looked like a low flying jet across Dublin today. Regardless of our opinions on the old hag I feel all activists should mobilise for freedom to movement and protest.

author by questionerpublication date Sun May 15, 2011 10:06author address author phone Report this post to the editors

In light of all this how are all of us as progressives trying to highlight this in the media. Are we happy that this categorising of protesters will even intensify after the whole escapade. Are we going to speak up, imagine the crazyiness in media the next day 'sectarian rioters' or 'anti-english extremists' etc etc will be across the banners of much of the newspapers. Are there any non-republican groups really on the airwaves or media around this. I really think its a broader issue and there has been a lot of silence from a lot of quarters in Ireland that should be more vocal

author by opus diablos - the regressive hypocrite partypublication date Sun May 15, 2011 13:25author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Not for want of trying. I've written, as I do, to the IT(Royal Irish Times?)attempting to expand the argument beyond their trench, but have no confidence they want anything resembling anything other than the frames they like to erect for the usual managed 'debate', riddled as ever with the ladled contradictions.
It was the same as the tiger went rampant. You might get the occasional note in deconstructing the bullshit, but then the shutters lock down again and the spin machine cranks up to ensure the desired slant gets best display.

'..categorising... will... intensify..'.

Naturally. Given the economic and social forecast, they know full well we're heading for a potential 32 county Ulster situation, only filthier. They have been preparing for decades for such outcomes(contingency planning for foreseen 'events, dear boy', as Macmillan put it).

The agenda is provided by the same external providers who brought us the boom(for the already over-rich boomiest), with sufficient 'trickle-down' to keep the majority fooled into thinking the growth could be unending; until such a time as they figured we were deep enough into hock to haul up the nets and run the takeover program they've been hammering Latin America and Africa with for rehearsal.

Hence, no change of government, just a change of shirt. Any who dissent from the right-wing economic PD program in its freshly starched blue shirt with Gilmore's pink collar will be a threat to 'growth and stability and Ireland's international reputation and good standing'. No matter that any growth from the productive sectors wil by siphoned out for the bondholders, as long-planned.

Whats different this time round is the lack of safety valve emigrant destinations, and a generation raised to expect global accessability of upward mobility.
The anger will be palpable. Whether we get people disciplined enough to lead that anger and energy constructively remains to be seen. Be sure they will be providing provocateurs to decoy the unwary. Business as usual then.

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