Ireland’s Streets Turn to Rivers of People, 1 Million, Wiping Out New Tax on Water #IrishWater

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Never were so many demonstrating on the streets of Swords.

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.

Dublin

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Some images and messages from the participants to today’s protests, via #IrishWater, Water Meter-Let’s fight back.

It rained, of course; Dublin was shut down during the protests.

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Drogheda

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No way, we won’t pay

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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.

: So how many arrests in Ireland over act in the last month

“Sitting ducks who forked out for austerity finally stand up”, read it here

Water is a Public Collective Good”, read it here 

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People burning their forms at Limerick City Hall, October 26:

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Brother of Fine Gael donor appointed to board of Irish Water; Gave €1,000 to Creighton campaign in 2007, click here 

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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).

IRELAND

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.

GREECE

GDP: €0.2 tnForeign debt: €0.4 tn

€38,073 Foreign debt per person

252%Foreign debt to GDP

166%Govt debt to GDP

JAPAN

GDP: €4.1 tnForeign debt: €2 tn

€15,934 Foreign debt per person

50%Foreign debt to GDP

233%Govt debt to GDP

UK

GDP: €1.7 tnForeign debt: €7.3 tn

€117,580 Foreign debt per person

436%Foreign debt to GDP

81%Govt debt to GDP

SPAIN

GDP: €0.7 tnForeign debt: €1.9 tn

€41,366 Foreign debt per person

284%Foreign debt to GDP

67%Govt debt to GDP

PORTUGAL

GDP: €0.2 tnForeign debt: €0.4 tn

€38,081 Foreign debt per person

251%Foreign debt to GDP

106%Govt debt to GDP

ITALY

GDP: €1.2 tnForeign debt: €2 tn

€32,875 Foreign debt per person

163%Foreign debt to GDP

121%Govt debt to GDP

FRANCE

GDP: €1.8 tnForeign debt: €4.2 tn

€66,508 Foreign debt per person

235%Foreign debt to GDP

87%Govt debt to GDP

GERMANY

GDP: €2.4 tnForeign debt: €4.2 tn

€50,659 Foreign debt per person

176%Foreign debt to GDP

83%Govt debt to GDP

US

GDP: €10.8 tnForeign debt: €10.9 tn

€35,156 Foreign debt per person

101%Foreign debt to GDP

100%Govt debt to GDP

Source 

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.

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More reading: 

Odious debt
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

Anglo Irish Bank : secret recordings, here and here.

Gardaí have had the Anglo tapes for over four years, says Kenny

Anglo executive given immunity deal by the DPP

There’s no mystery to US Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner’s intervention in the Irish bailout. Wikileaks has already revealed the reason.

Fed Whistleblower Exposes Bernanke & Geithner

How the ECB actually owes Ireland €64 billion!

How Troika got €220m fees from the Irish taxpayer
List of the Anglo Irish Bank Bondholders

Bill Gates was bondholder in bailed-out Irish zombie banks

Mr Tepper: US fund manager who gambled on Bank of Ireland bonds in 2012 earned USD $2.2bn (personally, that is, himself)

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

BANK DEBT

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.

CUTS

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

Some truths about the Irish oil; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX9DPMS–lw

NAMA
Unlocking Nama; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfF1SgPp9nw

It’ll take us 43 years to fill all empty houses.

Images and graphics: 

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http://www.thejournal.ie/graph-shows-mortgage-arrears-from-central-bank-961001-Jun2013/

Financial Regulators 

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

Emigration
Cuts have forced the Irish people to say good bye to 7% of their loved ones these are cuts that are very deep and may never heal.

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“If you don’t have money, you don’t matter”:

Right2Water Swords from Connolly Media Group on Vimeo.

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