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Forum Post: Estimated 45,000 Turn Out for Bank Debt Protest

Posted 1 year ago on Feb. 10, 2013, 5:24 p.m. EST by GirlFriday (21783)
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Gardaí estimate around 45,000 turned out for today's nationwide protest against Ireland's bank debt burden.

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett says people are fed up and he now expects the campaign of opposition to grow.

"The deal is a hoax, it's a puff of smoke," he said. "Nothing has changed. In fact, if anything, the debt has been firmly pinned to the backs of ordinary people and I think today's demonstration proves ordinary people in this country haven't been fooled by the hype."

ICTU General Secretary David Begg added: "It would be fatal for people to believe this issue is now resolved and we can all move on."

He added: "February 9 is an opportunity to tell the authorities in Europe that the bank debt does not belong to the people of Ireland.

"At the onset of the crisis Ireland had one of the lowest debt to GDP ratios in Europe. The difference between then and now is due entirely to Ireland socialising bank debt at the behest of the ECB, to save the European banking system."

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[-] 3 points by owsarmy (300) 1 year ago

An issue that holds down the 99% in every country. Indentured servitude, & wage slavery of the 99% is the goal of the 1% banksters.

We need to follow irelands lead.

[-] 2 points by Ache4Change (3025) 1 year ago

'Wealthy America - you've taken so much that one out of five American families has negative wealth—no assets, and household debt of $27,000. Yet you still want them to give up their Social Security benefits. It's not shame you should feel, but loathing.' taken from - http://www.nationofchange.org/shame-wealthy-america-some-facts-about-victims-your-greed-1360595041 .

Good to see the The Irish have finally find their voice, now it's high time for shillelaghs and pitchforks throughout Ireland, UK, USA and many other places, I think. 'Pitchforks.org' anyone? Never Give Up! Occupy The Issues! Solidarity.