You have the right to protest ineffectually!

Careful NowThe right to protest in­ef­fec­tu­ally is en­shrined in the Irish Constitution and we are here today to ex­er­cise that right.

To en­sure that the demon­stra­tion will have no ef­fect what­so­ever ICTU [the Irish Congress of Trade Unions] have taken cer­tain sens­ible measures.

The demon­stra­tion is on Saturday.

The demon­stra­tion will be ad­dressed by boring wind­bags who will make ag­gressive noises, sat­is­fying our de­sire for ro­bust action.

They will cri­ti­cize ‘the Bankers’, in col­ourful terms.

They will say ‘we will not stand for this’.

This fighting talk will be fol­lowed by sug­ges­tions that demon­strators ‘lobby their TD’s’. This will direct any im­pulse for direct ac­tion into a suit­ably point­less activity.

There will be talk of a ‘cam­paign’. Perhaps even an ad cam­paign ‘to get our mes­sage out there’.

On the other hand a cam­paign of ef­fective civil dis­obedi­ence will….

bring a vi­olent re­ac­tion from Gardaí [the police].

upset the IMF.

cause market jitters.

send out ‘the wrong message’.

…………………….and the night­mare scenario…..

………………………….it might ac­tu­ally have some effect!

From the Irish Left Review

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