09 October 2011

#OccupyDameStreet by night

It is now well past four in the morning and I have staggered in from one of the best days of activism possibly in my life, certainly in Dublin. My eyes are old, my knees are weak and my nose is knackered, but before I collapse into bed I thought I would share one final thought for the day on #OccupyDameStreet.

It started at 2pm with barely thirty people, by five pm there were maybe a hundred and fifty, and still at midnight there were at least a hundred folks and ten tents. By 4am when we left there were half a dozen more tents and a marquee hosting a consensus decision making mini-assembly - did I mention this was at 4am ! This was certainly not the largest protest to grace the streets of Dublin, but without doubt I have never seen its like here before. There were veterans of many marches and folks for whom this was their first act of political defiance, and everything came together organically with no leaders, no parties, no egos and no power-tripping. There were no spokespeople and yet everyone was a spokesperson, there was no single message yet at times everyone managed to literally speak with one voice. There was anger but no violence, discontent but no apathy and despite the gravity of the injustices highlighted, the day itself was one of unrelenting positivity. It was quite simply a perfect example of how things could be.

Even the drumming circle failed to spoil my mood.

And even if no more people show up (though they will) and even if the gardai shut it all down on Monday morning (which they probably will), even if it does no more and goes no further than this we will be able to look back on it and say that at this place, and at this time, for twenty-four, or forty-eight, or seventy-two hours there were a group of people in Ireland who got up and did the right thing. For once they did the right thing.

El pueblo unido, jamás será vencido!

And with that I'm off to sleep.

3am and the Livestream goes live!
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Sunday 9th October
The Tent City is up and running.
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Sunday 9th October
4am and its time for an auld sing-song
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Sunday 9th October
What its all about
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Sunday 9th October

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