29 September 2010

A very economic crash

As anyone who followed last May's half-hearted attempt to storm the Dail by Richard Boyd Barret and his SWP chums knows, the best way to gain entry to the Dail is through the front gate, in a cement truck.

Yup, as I worked my way slowly through my RSS feeds this morning I caught a breaking story from The Irish Times announcing that a cement truck had been driven into Leinster House, with the words "Anglo Toxic Bank" on it, so naturally I grabbed my camera, hopped on a bike and raced off to take a look for myself.

As I arrived at about 8:40 the Gardai were in the process of attaching it to a massive tow-truck and removing it, no easy feat given the fact that the protester had apparently cut the break lines and electrical cables. I had a chat with one of the Guards and apparently no damage was actually done to the Kildare Street gates, the driver stopped short of the gates, cut the cables and then hopped out one of the windows and ran off, though he didn't get too far before being arrested.

Its hard not to stand back and call this a work of genius. Nobody was hurt, no public property was damaged, and a very effective point was made, and it makes a great start to the Europe-wide day of protest.

Looks like at least some of the people are mad as hell, and aren't going to take it anymore.

About time too.


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At 10:38 am, Anonymous Warren said...

Hey Dave, do you know what time it was removed?
Fine Gael TD Fergus O'Dowd was moaning on about 'luckily nobody was killed'
Vote Truckers!

At 10:52 am, Blogger Unkie Dave said...

it was gone by 9:30 or so. I left just after 9 and they were starting to tow it away. According to the Guard I talked to the driver seemed in control the whole time, I really don't think anyone was ever in danger.


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