08 October 2011


The first General Assembly of #OccupyDameStreet
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Saturday 8th October
Just taking a short break from the sunny (if slightly cold) streets of Dublin to post up a few photos from #OccupyDameStreet. When we arrived at the Central Bank at 2pm there were no more than thirty people or so, who were almost outnumbered by the photographers and the gardai. A few posters were up and the ground was covered in carpet off-cuts, "all the better for sitting on", I hear you say. As promised there were no party political banners or placards, though a few posters for the "Enough" march next weekend had snuck in there by the time we wandered away.

We are Peeple
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Saturday 8th October
Over the course of the three hours we were there I would say the crowd never got much higher than 150, and was a good mix of old and young, student and professional, male and female, with a good few families along as well. Along with the banging of pots and pans and the occasional chanting, the main activity (apart from sitting around) was a steady stream of individuals getting up and saying why they were there, all replayed throughout the crowd by the human amplification system seen most recently on Wall Street, with the crowd repeating each spoken sentence aloud so that all could hear.

The first General Assembly of #OccupyDameStreet
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Saturday 8th October
Everything was fairly good natured; the gardai, while present, seemed to be hanging well back and unless the footpath got completely blocked they didn't seem too bothered, chatting amongst themselves and the journalists and happy to be out in the afternoon sun, no doubt earning a nice bit of overtime along the way. In fact the only folks who looked at all upset were the gaggles of sullen looking teenagers (who like generations of sullen teenagers before them congregate of a Saturday afternoon at the Central Bank) non-plussed by the unexpected presence of so many old people disturbing their afternoon buzz.

The first General Assembly of #OccupyDameStreet
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Saturday 8th October
Hilariously enough we bumped into an old friend with whom we marched through the streets of Prague back in 2000, now a college lecturer with his 4 year-old son in tow. In a fit of irony he brought along the exact same anti-IMF sign he carried in Prague, and looked shocked by the awesomely magical power it possessed to summon us forth (no magic was actually involved, Dublin is a very small city and we all love a good protest). He obviously didn't wave it enough eleven years ago because we still seem to be in thrall to the IMF, now more so than ever.

Yes, its a bed. No, it wasn't brought by the protestors.
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Saturday 8th October
Unfortunately Unkie Dave is not one of those strong enough to stay the night, as we left the first tents had gone up and folks were settling in for the long haul. No leaders, no political groups, no hidden agendas or ulterior motives. Just a group of ordinary people who have found themselves exasperated by the actions of their government carried out erroneously in their name. We'll pop down later tonight, and tomorrow, and the next day, and hopefully we won't be the only ones.

Great to see this happening, and with any luck this is just the start.


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At 8:04 pm, Anonymous Hilary Tully said...

I hope to get there myself tomorrow and my father who is 73 is going during the week.. it will be amorphous growing and lessening some have responsibilities like children during the week..

At 2:55 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello from Spain. Great to see you are there same day Spanish marches arrived to Brussels. Good timing!!!

“We are going slow because we are going far!”




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