Cathaoirleach éirígí Brian Leeson has condemned this afternoon’s [Wednesday] Garda assault on a student-led protest in Dublin.
More than 25,000 people marched through Dublin city centre at lunchtime today in protest against the possibility of the reintroduction of fees for third level education in the upcoming Twenty-Six County budget.
In response to the peaceful demonstration, which was attended by a number of éirígí activists, Gardaí unleashed baton charges, injuring a number of people.
Leeson said: “Today's vicious assault on peaceful protestors exposes the reality of the Twenty-Six County state's attitude towards those who are suffering as a result of the economic crisis.
“When faced with legitimate, peaceful opposition to its right-wing policies, the Dublin government inevitably unleashes violence to protect its interests.”
Leeson continued: “Those who took to the streets today are to be commended for taking the initiative in opposing the anti-social program of the Twenty-Six County government.
“People should not allow themselves to be intimidated by this disgraceful use of brute force. In the run up to the Dublin government’s blood budget in December, it is imperative that tens of thousands of workers, students, unemployed people and every citizen who is being hit hard by the economic crisis takes to the streets.
“This Thatcherite government needs to be forced from power by the determined action of a united and angry populace.”