Irish protest British royal visit

This video from Ireland says about itself:

On May 15th, 2011 a massive Garda operation prevented éirígí from establishing the Irish Freedom Camp at the Garden of Remembrance, Dublin. Despite this show of strength by the state upwards of 160 people took part in the last major protest prior to the arrival of the Commander-in-Chief of the British military in Dublin.

By Tom Mellen:

Protests mark Queen’s Dublin visit

Tuesday 17 May 2011

The British Queen began a four-day visit to the Republic of Ireland today but a heavy police presence made it all but impossible for citizens to get within sight of the pomp and ceremony.

More than 8,000 police, two-thirds of the country’s entire force, shut down key roads in central Dublin and erected pedestrian barricades for several miles as part of an operation that is expected to cost Irish taxpayers at least £30 million.

Onlookers were given few vantage points to see the monarch unless they had been included in carefully vetted guest lists.

About a hundred supporters of socialist republican group Eirigi staged a noisy sit-in protest on Dublin’s major thoroughfare several hundred metres from the Garden of Remembrance as the Queen laid a wreath to all those who gave their lives in the fight to free Ireland from British domination.

The Irish tricolour was then raised to full mast and the Irish national anthem Amhran na bhFiann was played.

The painstakingly choreographed visit was designed to highlight the slow blooming of peace in the six counties and draw a line under the centuries-long struggle of the Irish people for national self-determination.

But at least 19,000 British troops continue to occupy the north, which is still littered with 135 British military installations or structures.

The Communist Party of Ireland argued that the purpose of the visit was to hammer home the message that “Ireland’s unresolved national question is to remain unresolved.

“All the bourgeois parties are agreed that the shameful, impoverished wreck of the Irish republic that we inhabit today is as much as we are entitled to, or should aspire to,” the CPI said.

It said the “grovelling towards the monarchy” was the “most offensive aspect of this affair.”

The group condemned the fact that the cost of the “so-called security operation, with its total disruption of the city’s life, is being borne by the Irish taxpayer, at a time when we are being told that the country cannot afford public services, hospitals or schools.”

Northern Ireland public service union Nipsa president Maria Morgan delivered a stirring message of solidarity to delegates today, declaring the need for a “socialist” economic alternative to the cuts: here.

Northern Ireland police failed to protect a lawyer at high risk of assassination because of her work representing republican clients, an investigation into the 12-year-old killing has concluded: here.

The publication of the inquiry into the murder of Northern Ireland solicitor Rosemary Nelson in 1999 continues the state cover-up of her death: here.

4 thoughts on “Irish protest British royal visit

  1. Queen visits sites of colonial terror

    Ireland: The British Queen visited Croke Park today, where British troops massacred 14 Irish civilians during a Dublin-Tipperary Gaelic football match in 1920.

    The atrocity became known as Bloody Sunday. It is not to be confused with the subsequent Bloody Sunday massacre of 1972, when British soldiers killed 14 civil rights protesters and bystanders in Derry.

    The Queen also met Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and visited the Irish National War Memorial Garden at Islandbridge to honour the approximately 49,400 Irish soldiers who died while serving in British forces during World War I.


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