Occupy Dame Street

I was in Dublin over New Year and I was very intrigued to see that they have their own Occupy movement which I had not already heard about. A few dedicated guys (perhaps girls too but I didn’t see any) are residing in a tent on the pavement of Dame Street outside Ireland’s central bank, demonstrating peacefully in solidarity with other protest movements around the world.

They started in October so it is old news but they are still going strong. I was lucky enough to catch a few of them making speeches one evening and it actually took quite a bit of restraint for me to not join them or at least grab the mic. I wanted to tell them all about Bahrain at that moment but I have to admit I’m better at writing than I am at public speaking so I controlled myself. I do plan to still get in touch though.

I do wonder what any of you think of their movement after having a look at their site? Here is an excerpt from their statement:

“This is a diverse people’s initiative unaffiliated with any political parties. We are the 99%. We stand together against political and economic corruption. We stand for equality and social justice. This is a “leaderless resistance movement” with people of many nationalities, backgrounds, genders and political persuasions…

“We reject the complete control of the European Central Bank (ECB) in dictating our economic policy. Our demand is that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) stay out of our affairs. We do not want their influence or control. Our demand is that the private bank debt that has been socialised and burdened upon the population of the country who had nothing to do with it be lifted. We will not pay and let our children and their children pay for this crisis that private banks and bondholders have caused. It is their problem not ours. Our demand is that the oil and gas reserves off our cost that were criminally handed away to private corporations be returned to sovereign control. Our demand is for real participatory democracy – where the peoples’ interests come first, where the people decide what happens.”

In the mean time you may be wondering why I’m writing about this. Well the whole movement was inspired by protests in Tahrir Square and as I watched their speech they kept coming back to the sufferings of the Arab people and how their problems could not compare. I just wanted to let the world know that sometimes you don’t need to protest or fight for yourselves. You don’t even need a cause. Just empathy.

I’ll leave you with some photos I took of the camp site and another couple I took in Dublin while I was there.

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