What a wonderful day it was. A recorded attendance of 88785 citizens mobbed Dublin yet again in a technicolour carnival of peaceful noisy protest. This carnival of fighting back people is the latest demonstration of us taking our country back from the gombeens and their benefactors. Here’s some of my favourite video of the day. Firstly the amazing march from Heuston Station on O’Connell Street and then, the stunning scenes at O’Connell Street at precisely 2 o’clock – the appointed time RTE - when the three march’s collided in an explosion of noise that FG/FF/Labour even combined could only dream about in their biggest fantasy.
That there were no arrests or violence whatsoever comes as no surprise to any of us. But it is worth noting nevertheless given last week’s events in Frankfurt. We here in Ireland have the most, (per head of our 4.5m population) and the best protestors against this austerity agenda/tax anywhere. And for every one of those 88875 who turned up on the day there are many more ready to bury Irish Water and also to bring our nation into a new era of participative democracy. A change that our citizens crave. Can we do it? Bloody right we can. Just listen to this, in my view, the best address from Saturday
How many voters in the coming election will agree with the sentiments expressed here by Maeve Curtis? I would bet that the majority of our voters would agree with Maeve. Certainly more than the pathetic support in the low 20’s % even our biggest political parties get. Why do we agree with Maeve?
The only thing that can stop this movement now is itself, and the only enemy that matters are the human characteristics of internal division, borne out of ego or sectarian political interest. Both must be guarded against and over whelmed by the sheer hope and strength of the movement. I don’t think I am alone in saying as an Irish person that I am proud once again of our little country and its people. Yes our gombeen elites are an international embarrassment, our national broadcaster is in real danger of making itself irrelevant and most of the rest of the media is owned by an oligarch who made his money out of dodgy deals with the gombeens. But this golden circle is, at last, being faced with a growing and a cohesive movement that seeks real change and the opportunity for this change is just around the corner. Three things I intend to do and hope many other do too:
1) I will not pay a cent of this tax – ever. I hope none of you will either.
2) As a citizen I will argue and fight for maximum unity and a real alternative for our country for the first time in decades.
3) I will make sure I vote (I always do anyway and so should you all in my opinion) and I will make sure my vote makes a difference
Hasta la Victoria Siempre
Brendan Ogle 24 March 2015