Mass protests in Ireland over new water charges
by Simon Basketter
Protesters filled the streets of Dublin last Saturday against the introduction of water charges.
Organisers had hoped 20,000 would turn up, but in fact some 100,000 people protested.
“This day will go down in history as the day that the people decided to roar,” Independent MP Clare Daly told the crowd.
“We are here in our tens of thousands to say water is a human right, based on need, not an ability to pay.”
Brendan Ogle of the Unite union said, “It is a tipping point. It was a protest against water charges but it was also about six years of hurt, six years where the forces of austerity have pushed and pushed and pushed, and the people just…
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