Ireland’s government blackmail on the Irish people – accept a new tax on water or increase in property taxes – has failed already, as the streets all over Ireland turned into rivers of people standing up and saying: “No means fecking No“. All in all it seems that in the entire Ireland, 1 million people took it to the streets to say they won’t pay and stop water privatization. This means a third of Ireland participated to #IrishWater protests.
It rained, of course; Dublin was shut down during the protests.
The battle of the population of Ireland against water meters has been ongoing for years now, and it grew in intensity in spite of all media propaganda and manipulations to turn the tide in the favor of government’s plans to cut the income of the working people by forcing them to pay more for what they already pay. The resistance and the opposition to the government’s plans is well understood in Ireland, since the meters and the new tax on water are seen for what they actually are: privatization of a fundamental basic need, the water. The resistance took all forms possible; from blocking police and employees to go to houses and instill water meters, to marches, rallies and speaking up against it.
“Sitting ducks who forked out for austerity finally stand up”, read it here
“Water is a Public Collective Good”, read it here
People burning their
#irishwater forms at Limerick City Hall, October 26:
Brother of Fine Gael donor appointed to board of Irish Water; Gave €1,000 to Creighton campaign in 2007, click here
The resistance of the Irish workers against capitalists’ economic, political and social war against them are largely unknown in the western world, possibly because the 4 million people of Ireland have been put to pay the worst for the banks’ robberies since 2008:
Defying all physical laws and all logic, they ended up with debts tens of times higher than the rest of the western world, and their accusation that these debts are fake and artificial are justified by the realities of their own lives. Ireland makes up 0.9 percent of the EU population, their economy makes up 1.2 percent of EU GDP, yet the Irish people have already paid 42% of the total cost of the EU banking crisis. US Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner has pushed for this and wikileaks have already revealed the reason.
Take a look at the numbers, and compare the dreadful silence about what capitalists have done to the Irish people with the huge media coverage granted to Greece (this too, fully justified).
GDP: €0.2 tnForeign debt: €1.7 tn
€390,969 Foreign debt per person
1,093%Foreign debt to GDP
109%Govt debt to GDP
The UK is Ireland’s biggest creditor.
GDP: €0.2 tnForeign debt: €0.4 tn
€38,073 Foreign debt per person
252%Foreign debt to GDP
166%Govt debt to GDP
GDP: €4.1 tnForeign debt: €2 tn
€15,934 Foreign debt per person
50%Foreign debt to GDP
233%Govt debt to GDP
GDP: €1.7 tnForeign debt: €7.3 tn
€117,580 Foreign debt per person
436%Foreign debt to GDP
81%Govt debt to GDP
GDP: €0.7 tnForeign debt: €1.9 tn
€41,366 Foreign debt per person
284%Foreign debt to GDP
67%Govt debt to GDP
GDP: €0.2 tnForeign debt: €0.4 tn
€38,081 Foreign debt per person
251%Foreign debt to GDP
106%Govt debt to GDP
GDP: €1.2 tnForeign debt: €2 tn
€32,875 Foreign debt per person
163%Foreign debt to GDP
121%Govt debt to GDP
GDP: €1.8 tnForeign debt: €4.2 tn
€66,508 Foreign debt per person
235%Foreign debt to GDP
87%Govt debt to GDP
GDP: €2.4 tnForeign debt: €4.2 tn
€50,659 Foreign debt per person
176%Foreign debt to GDP
83%Govt debt to GDP
GDP: €10.8 tnForeign debt: €10.9 tn
€35,156 Foreign debt per person
101%Foreign debt to GDP
100%Govt debt to GDP
Were these fake debts a revenge for Irish people being the first to denounce the robbery of the 1%? It would not be surprising if it was so. They closed down Anglo Bank; occupied it and made theft known, before anyone in the West realized that the “financial crisis” was in fact a huge engineered robbery of the poor by the rich:
Proof to that is that the number of billionaires has doubled during and “thanks” to the “financial crisis”.
So, yeah, it’s not just about the water; it’s just another battle against the economic terrorism they have been subjected to. The result of this is that so many people commit suicide in Ireland, that the state has conspired to hide the cause of death and has issued new death certificates where the cause of death is no longer mentioned at all.
In international law, odious debt, also known as illegitimate debt, is a legal theory that holds that the national debt incurred by a regime for purposes that do not serve the best interests of the nation, should not be enforceable. Such debts are, thus, considered by this doctrine to be personal debts of the regime that incurred them and not debts of the state. In some respects, the concept is analogous to the invalidity of contracts signed under coercion.
Irish meltdown was world’s worst since 1930s – IMF report
30 Days in September: An Oral History of the Bank Guarantee
BONDHOLDERS: full list of leaked AngloTapes & leaked list of Anglo bondholders from 2010
video about The Reality AngloTapes
Drumm knew of Anglo €6bn ploy to save bank
Gardaí have had the Anglo tapes for over four years, says Kenny
Anglo executive given immunity deal by the DPP
Fed Whistleblower Exposes Bernanke & Geithner
How the ECB actually owes Ireland €64 billion!
Bill Gates was bondholder in bailed-out Irish zombie banks
Billionaire Chelsea owner threatens to sue Irish government.
Abramovich’s company Millhouse, which holds subordinated (“risky”) bonds in INBS, says it will pursue “all possible legal means” to defend its position if the government decides not to honour the full amount of the bonds when they mature.
Who runs the Irish government Anglo Irish Bank Bondholders
European Affairs Minister Creighton Questioned on Cypriot and Irish Bank Bondholder Bailouts
Ireland makes up 0.9 percent of the EU population; the Irish economy makes up 1.2 percent of EU GDP Irish people have paid 42% of the total cost of the EU banking crisis.
How much Irish banks were in debt at the bust!
Vincent Browne takes on Klaus Masuch over the issue of the Irish people having to foot the bill for unguaranteed bondholders.
41% sacrifice food to pay for light and heat: Credit unions survey
95 Garda stations to close by end of month
Ms Curley was just 15 minutes away from Roscommon hospital when the accident occurred in November of last year. However the closure of the A&E facility there earlier in 2011 meant the ambulance had to bypass the hospital.
DUE TO HSE cutbacks, ambulance stations are to close for certain time periods from September.
OIL AND GAS
Oil of Ireland: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSsPDpfS–k
MY OIL & GAS – Ireland and Norway; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76VOnzXQMsU&feature=youtu.be
Unlocking Nama; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfF1SgPp9nw
It’ll take us 43 years to fill all empty houses.
Images and graphics:
Matthew Elderfield steps down as Financial Regulator (and waives €100k bonus) /As Matthew Elderfield announces resignation questions about Unicredit stil unanswered: Still waiting for the truth from the regulator (Village December ’10)
JONATHAN SUGARMAN – A BANKER SPEAKS OUT
In Sept. 2007, fourteen months before Ireland’s bank bailout, I resigned from my position as the Risk Manager of UniCredit Bank Ireland. I did that in order not to incriminate myself. I have spent the last 4 years seeking justice
“If you don’t have money, you don’t matter”: